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The Feminisation of Mining

Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala

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This paper argues that feminisation is beginning to occur in the mining industry, a process associated with an expanded notion of mining as a livelihood in the radically changing political economy of extractive industries. It demonstrates that new gendered geographies are being created as grinding rural poverty pushes large numbers of women into informal mining (also known as artisanal and small-scale mining or ASM)-a fundamentally different type of economic activity from the capitalised,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLahiri-Dutt, Kuntala
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:41:09Z
dc.identifier.issn1749-8198
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/98587
dc.description.abstractThis paper argues that feminisation is beginning to occur in the mining industry, a process associated with an expanded notion of mining as a livelihood in the radically changing political economy of extractive industries. It demonstrates that new gendered geographies are being created as grinding rural poverty pushes large numbers of women into informal mining (also known as artisanal and small-scale mining or ASM)-a fundamentally different type of economic activity from the capitalised, industrialised mining operated by large corporations. Further, it shows that a number of civil society initiatives, industry measures, policy processes and action-research with large-scale mining corporations are currently underway in response to an overall enhanced awareness of gender mainstreaming. It argues that these initiatives, ensued from women's struggles and feminist contributions, are helping to integrate gender more firmly in a wide range of extractive environments, and how these have enhanced the visibility of women and gender in mining. The paper ends by indicating the existing gaps in inquiry and possible directions for future research by feminist geographers into these gendered economic spaces.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceGeography Compass
dc.titleThe Feminisation of Mining
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160101 - Anthropology of Development
local.identifier.absfor160400 - HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB6130
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLahiri-Dutt, Kuntala, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue9
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage523
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage541
local.identifier.doi10.1111/gec3.12229
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:09:53Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84942522697
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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