Anatomy Of The Amazon Gold Rush

Anatomy Of The Amazon Gold Rush

by David Cleary
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877452628

ISBN-13: 9780877452621

Pub. Date: 09/01/1990

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

For many the phrase "gold rush" conjures up images of the 1849ers panning for gold in the western United States. But in 1979, the biggest gold rush of this century began in the Brazilian Amazon and has continued unabated ever since.

Despite attempts by governments and mining companies to control it, the Amazon gold rush has flourished, involving

Overview

For many the phrase "gold rush" conjures up images of the 1849ers panning for gold in the western United States. But in 1979, the biggest gold rush of this century began in the Brazilian Amazon and has continued unabated ever since.

Despite attempts by governments and mining companies to control it, the Amazon gold rush has flourished, involving hundreds of thousands of miners in an informal-sector industry which produces over a billion dollars' worth of gold annually. Moreover, the mining activity has become famous—or infamous—well beyond Brazil, thanks to the furor it has raised in the environmental community.

This important anthropological study takes the first broad and balanced look at the gold rush to explain its history, the social organization of the gold camps, the politics and the economics of gold in Brazil, and the implications of the gold rush for Amazonia and its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877452621
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
09/01/1990
Edition description:
1
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

1. An Introduction to the Amazon Gold Rush
2. Garimpagem in Maranhao
3. Fofoca: The Formation of Garimpos
4. The Social Structure of the Gold Rush
5. Economic Life in the Garimpo
6. Social Relations in the Garimpo
7. Serra Pelada: The Gold Rush on the National Stage
8. Garimpagem, Formal Mining, and the State
9. The Implications of the Gold Rush
Postscript
Appendix
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

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