Brazil: Forever Informal

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Abstract

In recent decades, gold mining has moved into increasingly remote corners of the globe. Aside from the expansion of industrial gold mining, many countries have simultaneously witnessed an expansion of labor-intensive and predominantly informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Both trends are usually studied in isolation, which contributes to a dominant image of a dual gold mining economy.

Counteracting this dominant view, this volume adopts a global perspective, and demonstrates that both industrial gold mining and artisanal and small-scale gold mining are functionally integrated into a global gold production system. It couples an analysis of structural trends in global gold production (expansion, informalization, and technological innovation) to twelve country case studies that detail how global gold production becomes embedded in institutional and ecological structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Gold Production Touching Ground
Subtitle of host publicationExpansion, Informalization, and Technological Innovation
EditorsBoris Verbrugge, Sara Geenen
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter6
Pages117-134
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030384869
ISBN (Print)9783030384852
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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