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Gold mining institutions in Nilgiri-Wayanad: A historical-institutional perspective

Jyotishi, Amalendu; SivramKrishna, Sashi; Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala


An exploration of the complex development of gold mining in the Nilgiri–Wayanad region of southern India demonstrates how entwined histories disrupt simple taxonomic structures of “formality” and “informality.” Drawing on the long history of gold mining in the region that dates back to the 1830s, this paper presents a counter-example to the conventional view that institutions develop in a trajectory of informality to formality. To do this, the paper identifies three distinct phases of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic and Political Weekly


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