This volume focuses on how, why, under what conditions, and with what effects people move across space in relation to mining, asking how a focus on spatial mobility can aid scholars and policymakers in understanding the complex relation between mining and social change.

This collection centers the concept of mobility to address the diversity of mining-related population movements as well as the agency of people engaged in these movements. This volume opens by introducing both the historical context and conceptual tools for analyzing the mining-mobility nexus, followed by case study chapters focusing on three regions with significant histories of mineral extraction and where mining currently plays an important role in socio-economic life: the Andes, Central and West Africa, and Melanesia. Written by authors with expertise in diverse fields, including anthropology, development studies, geography, and history, case study chapters address areas of both large- and smallscale mining. They explore the historical-geographical factors shaping mining-related mobilities, the meanings people attach to these movements, and the relations between people’s mobility practices and the flows of other things put in motion by mining, including capital, ideas, technologies, and toxic contamination. The result is an important volume that provides fresh insights into the social geographies and spatial politics of extraction.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of mining and the extractive industries, spatial politics and geography, mobility and migration, development, and the social and environmental dimensions of natural resources more generally.

Chapter 6 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license

part Section I|60 pages

The Andes

chapter 2|19 pages

Ch'ixi mobilities

Small-scale mining and Indigenous autonomy in the Bolivian tin belt

chapter 4|18 pages

Navigating gendered landscapes of mineral extraction

Spatial mobility, women's autonomy, and mining development in the Peruvian Andes

part Section II|62 pages

Central and West Africa

chapter 5|18 pages

Chasing gold

Technology, people, and matter on the move in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

chapter 6|22 pages

Making mining localities

Trajectories and stories of mining and mobility in Zambia

chapter 7|20 pages

The governance of ASGM in Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

(Im)mobility, territory, and technological change

part Section III|62 pages


chapter 10|19 pages

Beyond the enclave

Workforce mobility and livelihoods in a New Caledonia mining region

part Section IV|22 pages


chapter 11|20 pages

Mining and mobility

Key insights, governance implications, and future research