Lived Experience of Mining: community development, mining and Anthropology

Gilberthorpe, Emma (2017) Lived Experience of Mining: community development, mining and Anthropology. In: Routledge Handbook of Mining and Sustainable Development. Routledge. ISBN 978-1138213739

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Expansion of the extractive industries over the past few decades has been dominated by intensified sustainable development discourse within the sector and subsequent community development programmes. Yet, despite the social nature and impact of interventions the role played by various indigenous actors in the way contemporary discourses and practices of extractive industry are perceived and integrated remains largely ignored in policy development. Whilst recommendations by economists and political scientists dominate discourse, the capitalist principles of individualism, private property and independent pursuits of wealth they employ not only conflict with the rural landscapes in which they are applied, but also with the discourse of ‘communality’ and ‘community’ that shapes corporate agendas. As such development programmes are often inappropriate and ill-conceived. In this chapter, I show how anthropological data can shed light on the negative impacts of current development models. Using Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi mine as a case study, I advance the argument that a comprehensive understanding of the diverse cultural nuances animated by cultural actors with varied access to the benefits and opportunities provided by the extractive industries should be implicit in the design of community development programmes.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: mining,anthropology,community development,sustainability
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 13:02
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 00:45

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