The open cut: Mining, transnational corporations and local populations

Niederberger, Thomas; Haller, Tobias; Gambon, Helen; Kobi, Madlen; Wenk, Irina (eds.) (2016). The open cut: Mining, transnational corporations and local populations. Action Anthropology/Aktionsethnologie: Vol. 2. Zürich, Schweiz: LIT Verlag

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The rapid expansion of the mineral and metal mining sector in the past decade was accompanied by an increase in social conflicts. What are the impacts of large-scale mining operations? What are the strategies used by transnational corporations to gain access to underground resources and legitimize their activities? And how do local and indigenous communities confronted with mining react to, negotiate with and resist these activities? This book covers 13 case studies of copper, gold, uranium and other mining operations, situated in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Switzerland. With an extensive introduction to the subject and a systematic comparison across mining operations in different phases of development and social contexts, it serves as a primer and reference book for activists, students and researchers alike.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Gambon, Helen Anna




Action Anthropology/Aktionsethnologie


LIT Verlag




Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

26 Jan 2016 08:54

Last Modified:

26 Jan 2016 08:54


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