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dc.contributor.authorFarrelly, Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorRobertson, Ten_US
dc.date.available2018-08-23en_US
dc.date.issued2018-08-23en_US
dc.identifier.citationSITES: a Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies, 2018, 15 (1), pp. 38 - 69 (33)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1179-0237en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes a ‘follow the thing’ methodology as applied to an ethnography of entanglements. This methodology allowed for a materially and politically nuanced understanding of Antioquia, Colombia’s response to mercury pollution. This pollution primarily originates from the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) industry where mercury is employed in the gold extraction process. In following the mercury, the authors experiment with an ethnography of entanglements. The paper discusses how they address the current lacunae in mining ethnographies by focussing on mining as ‘practice’, going past the provision of technical descriptions of mining and ethnographic descriptions of miners to an ethnography of mining. This ethnographic approach considers the politics of materiality and addresses a lack of attention to the impacts of the presence and absence of materials on social life. Various mining practices in Antioquia illuminate how entanglements between miners and mercury have been co-constitutive of particular modes of ASGM. The paper will also provide examples of ‘negative mercury entanglements’ where efforts have been made to extricate mercury from mining practices. Rather than creating a vacuum, these mercury absences have been generative of new contested symbolic and material arrangements including entrepreneurial and ‘responsible’ mining, debates over miners’ rights, and the creation of new political relationships between ASGM and large-scale mining companies.en_US
dc.format.extent38 - 69 (33)en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://sites.otago.ac.nz/Sites/article/view/349/423en_US
dc.subjectNew Materialismsen_US
dc.subjectEthnographyen_US
dc.subjectMercuryen_US
dc.subjectArtisinal and small-scale gold miningen_US
dc.subjectColombiaen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental anthropologyen_US
dc.titleAn ethnography of entanglements: Mercury’s presence and absence in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Antioquia Columbiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.citation.volume15en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id423815
dc.relation.isPartOfSITES: a Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.citation.issue1en_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences/School of People, Enviroment and Planning
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc2002 Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc1601 Anthropologyen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc1608 Sociologyen_US


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