Politicized Ecology: Local Responses to Mining in Papua New Guinea
Our paper draws on research in two sites where large goldmining projects are located - Misima and Lihir islands in Papua New Guinea. We examine the socio-economic context in which criticisms of environmental degradation arise. We discuss the social and political meanings embedded in local demands for compensation for environmental damage, drawing attention to the disparities between local Melanesian conceptions of the environment and global, Western ideas that inform international...[Show more]
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