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Université de Neuchâtel

When miners become “foreigners”: Competing categorizations within gold mining spaces in Guinea

Bolay, Matthieu

In: Resources Policy, 2014, vol. 40, p. 117-127

Drawing on ethnographic research and problem-centered interviews in Guinean mining areas, this paper presents a comparative reading of the conflicting conceptions of what constitutes a “mining community.” First, I explore how independent artisanal miners describe and identify their activity. The weight of autochthony conventions is discussed concerning their insertion both in the mining...