Contention and Ambiguity: Mining and the Possibilities of Development

32 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2008

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Anthony J. Bebbington

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Geography

Leonith Hinojosa

University of Manchester; University of Manchester

Denise Humphreys Bebbington

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management

Maria Luisa Burneo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ximena Warnaars

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 2008

Abstract

The last decade and a half has witnessed a dramatic growth in mining activity in many developing countries. This paper reviews these recent trends and describes the debates and conflicts they have triggered. We review evidence regarding debates on the resource curse and the possibility of an extraction-led pathway to development. We then describe the different types of resistance and social mobilisation that have greeted mineral expansion at a range of geographical scales, and consider how far these protests have changed the relationships between mining and political economic change. The conclusions address how far such protest might contribute to an 'escape' from the resource curse, and consider implications for research and policy agendas.

Keywords: Extractive industry, Mining, Social conflict, Resource curse, Social

Suggested Citation

Bebbington, Anthony James and Hinojosa, Leonith and Hinojosa, Leonith and Humphreys Bebbington, Denise and Burneo, Maria Luisa and Warnaars, Ximena, Contention and Ambiguity: Mining and the Possibilities of Development (October 2008). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 57, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1297212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1297212

Anthony James Bebbington (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Geography ( email )

Campus Box 260
Boulder, CO 80309-0260
United States

Leonith Hinojosa

University of Manchester ( email )

SED-Humanities Bridgeford Street
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/staff/hinojosa-valencia_leonith.htm

University of Manchester ( email )

SED-Humanities Bridgeford Street
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/staff/hinojosa-valencia_leonith.htm

Denise Humphreys Bebbington

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management

Manchester
United Kingdom

Maria Luisa Burneo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ximena Warnaars

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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