International Development, Community, and Environment

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The last decade and a half has witnessed a dramatic growth in mining activity in many developing countries. This article reviews these recent trends and describes the debates and conflicts they have triggered. The authors review evidence regarding debates on the resource curse and the possibility of an extraction-led pathway to development. They then describe the different types of resistance and social mobilization 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 protests might contribute to an 'escape' from the resource curse, and consider implications for research and policy agendas. © 2008 Institute of Social Studies.

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bebbington, Anthony, et al. "Contention and ambiguity: Mining and the possibilities of development." Development and change 39.6 (2008): 887-914, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-7660.2008.00517.x.

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Publication Title

Development and Change

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Volume

39

Issue

6

First Page

887

Last Page

914

ISSN

0012-155X

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-7660.2008.00517.x

Keywords

conflict, development, extractive industries, mining, public policy

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