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Poverty, Adaptation and Vulnerability: An Assessment of Women’s Work in Ghana’s Artisanal Gold Mining Sector

Kumah, Cynthia, Hilson, Gavin and Quaicoe, Ishmael (2020) Poverty, Adaptation and Vulnerability: An Assessment of Women’s Work in Ghana’s Artisanal Gold Mining Sector Area.

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the debate on the link between poverty and artisanal and small‐scale mining (ASM) – low‐tech, labour‐intensive mineral extraction and processing – in sub‐Saharan Africa. It specifically seeks to advance discussion on the idea that throughout the region, the sector’s operators are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. Drawing upon ongoing research being conducted on marginalized women engaged in ASM in Ghana, an attempt is made to further nuance the ‘poverty trap‐ASM’ narrative. In the context of sub‐Saharan Africa, debates on this issue should focus on the challenges faced by marginalized groups such as women, in particular how their growing dependence upon monies earned from the sector for their livelihoods has increased their vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kumah, Cynthia
Hilson, Gaving.m.hilson@surrey.ac.uk
Quaicoe, Ishmael
Date : 21 May 2020
DOI : 10.1111/area.12639
Copyright Disclaimer : This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 08 Jun 2020 15:02
Last Modified : 08 Jun 2020 15:02
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/857124

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