10,000 miners, 10,000 votes: Politics and mining in Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Ntewusu, S.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-19T09:40:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-19T09:40:51Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972018000505
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/30941
dc.description.abstract In their article‘Governing access to gold in Ghana: in-depth geopolitics onmining concessions’, Luning and Pijpers (2017) discuss important politicalissues around mining in Ghana. Using the companies Keegan and Newmont asunits of analysis, and drawing on insights from geography and anthropology,the authors call for an alternative approach to geopolitical issues in mining.They point out that mining concessions are sites of governance that involve eco-nomic players–that is, mining companies and artisanal miners/galamsey–andpolitical authorities positioned at national as well as local scales (ibid.: 761). Ofgreater interest, the authors argue, is the kind of relationship that has developedbetween established exploration or mining companies andgalamseyoperators.The authors point out that the maintenance of such a relationship, thoughuneasy, is necessary in ensuring continuous mining in the areas where thesemining companies are located.This commentary focuses on an aspect of the article that deals with the issue ofgalamsey. Drawing on historical events, I discuss some key characteristics of arti-sanal mining and miners and the issue of hybrid governance, involving traditionaland modern authorities in mining in Ghana. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Africa en_US
dc.title 10,000 miners, 10,000 votes: Politics and mining in Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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