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'Soon there will be no-one left to take the corpses to the morgue': Accumulation and abjection in Ghana's mining communities

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  • Bush, Ray
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    This article argues that Ghana's galamsey or artisanal miners offer a strategy of resistance to state mining policy and foreign company operations. Galamsey provide significant injections of sustained income to local communities and clamping down on their activities is at best short sighted and at worst a strategy that promotes community abjection. The article reviews the experience of two communities in the Wassa West District of Ghana and especially the changing livelihoods of female headed households since the Government of Ghana has restricted the activities of the galamsey.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resources Policy.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1-2 ()
    Pages: 57-63

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:34:y:2009:i:1-2:p:57-63
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    1. Banchirigah, Sadia Mohammed, 2008. "Challenges with eradicating illegal mining in Ghana: A perspective from the grassroots," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 29-38, March.
    2. Gavin Hilson & Clive Potter, 2003. "Why Is Illegal Gold Mining Activity so Ubiquitous in Rural Ghana?," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 15(2‐3), pages 237-270.
    3. Yakovleva, Natalia, 2007. "Perspectives on female participation in artisanal and small-scale mining: A case study of Birim North District of Ghana," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(1-2), pages 29-41.
    4. Gavin Hilson & Sadia Mohammed Banchirigah, 2009. "Are Alternative Livelihood Projects Alleviating Poverty in Mining Communities? Experiences from Ghana," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(2), pages 172-196.
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