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Formalizing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Insights, Contestations and Clarifications

Hilson, Gavin and Maconachie, R (2017) Formalizing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Insights, Contestations and Clarifications Area.

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Abstract

In recent years, a number of academic analyses have emerged which reflect critically on why most artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) activities–low tech, labour-intensive, mineral extraction and processing– occur in informal ‘spaces’. This body of scholarship, however, is heavily disconnected from work being carried out by policymakers and donors who, recognizing the growing economic importance of ASM in numerous rural sections of the developing world, are now working to identify ways in which to facilitate the formalization of its activities. It has rather drawn mostly on theories of informality that have been developed around radically different, and in many cases, incomparable, experiences, as well as largely redundant ideas, to contextualize phenomena in the sector. This paper reflects critically on the implications of this widening gulf, with the aim of facilitating a better alignment of scholarly debates on ASM’s informality with overarching policy/donor objectives. The divide must be reconciled if the case for formalizing ASM is to be strengthened, and policy is to be reformulated to reflect more accurately the many dimensions of the sector’s operations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Surrey Business School
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hilson, Gaving.m.hilson@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Maconachie, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 March 2017
Identification Number : 10.1111/area.12328
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hilson, G. and Maconachie, R. (2017), Formalising artisanal and small-scale mining: insights, contestations and clarifications. Area. doi:10.1111/area.12328, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12328/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Jan 2017 12:33
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 08:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813377

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