Rocks and Hard Places: The Globalization of Mining [NOOK Book]

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The world of international mining is changing rapidly. Mining corporations are encroaching on more and more greenfield sites in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America, to serve ever-expanding global industries. Moody shows that large-scale mining imposes a heavy toll on local communities, on their fragile economies and ways of life, as well as the environment. He challenges the mining corporations' recent public relations offensive extolling the virtues of large-scale mining and its alleged compatibility with...
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Rocks and Hard Places: The Globalization of Mining

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Overview

The world of international mining is changing rapidly. Mining corporations are encroaching on more and more greenfield sites in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America, to serve ever-expanding global industries. Moody shows that large-scale mining imposes a heavy toll on local communities, on their fragile economies and ways of life, as well as the environment. He challenges the mining corporations' recent public relations offensive extolling the virtues of large-scale mining and its alleged compatibility with sustainable development, and reveals the unprecedented wave of community and trade union opposition to projects in both the South and the North. This important book concludes with urgent proposals to check the role of multinationals in a sector that has always been at the core of resource exploitation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848137752
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Series: Global Issues
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author

Roger Moody is an experienced international researcher and campaigner.

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Table of Contents


List of boxes     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Through the minefield     1
Defining sustainability     5
What to mine?     7
The how of it     9
When to mine?     9
Where not to go?     10
Who should do the mining?     11
How the World Bank backs bad miners     16
Code-breaking     19
Broken promises     23
Sustained non-development     27
Bad marks all round     28
Wolfowitz in sheep's clothing     35
Cursed by resources     43
Botswana: are diamonds the best of friends?     48
Chile: relying on a copper-bottomed future     49
The nationalization option     52
A taxing question     54
Entertaining royalties     56
Empowering South Africans?     56
What is the true wealth of nations?     63
Blood, toil and tears     69
The toll of coal     73
Dying for a living     76
Working women     80
Catching them young     85
Small in scale, but big in problems     88
Forging 'Just Transition'     92
The destruction of construction     99
'Broken -just like the stone we break'     101
Bricks in the wall     109
Shifting sands     111
Cement: the burning question     114
Can we green houses?     121
Sacrifice areas     127
Lethal legacies     129
The world's worst places 2006     135
Poisoned chalices     143
Fourteen years of failure, 1992-2006     145
Winning hearts and mines     154
Globalizing the propaganda     156
Mining, minerals and sustainable development     158
Taking one's partners     161
When decisions are at stake     170
Defining 'community'     172
No means no!     179
Round the tables     180
A dead cert?     183
Growing from the roots     190
The London Declaration     197
Index     202
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