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Global Gold Production Touching Ground

Expansion, Informalization, and Technological Innovation

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  • Explores how industrial gold mining and artisanal and small-scale gold mining are functionally integrated into the global gold production system

  • Presents a series of country case studies

  • Targets the intersection of development studies, resource governance and economic geography/globalization

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In recent decades, gold mining has moved into increasingly remote corners of the globe. Aside from the expansion of industrial gold mining, many countries have simultaneously witnessed an expansion of labor-intensive and predominantly informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Both trends are usually studied in isolation, which contributes to a dominant image of a dual gold mining economy.

Counteracting this dominant view, this volume adopts a global perspective, and demonstrates that both industrial gold mining and artisanal and small-scale gold mining are functionally integrated into a global gold production system. It couples an analysis of structural trends in global gold production (expansion, informalization, and technological innovation) to twelve country case studies that detail how global gold production becomes embedded in institutional and ecological structures.


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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Trends in Global Gold Production

  2. Global Gold Production Touching Ground

Editors and Affiliations

  • IOB, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

    Boris Verbrugge, Sara Geenen

About the editors

Boris Verbrugge is a post-doctoral researcher at the Insitute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium; and a senior researcher at the Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA), KU Leuven, Belgium. In addition to being involved in the InforMining project on informalization processes in gold mining (funded by the Research Foundation Flanders, FWO), Boris is conducting policy-oriented research into social sustainability challenges in global value chains.

Sara Geenen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Development Policy’s (IOB) Great Lakes of Africa Center (GLAC), University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is coordinating the FWO-funded project InforMining. Her research interests lie in the global and local development dimensions of extractivist projects, addressing questions about socially responsible and inclusive forms of globalization.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Global Gold Production Touching Ground

  • Book Subtitle: Expansion, Informalization, and Technological Innovation

  • Editors: Boris Verbrugge, Sara Geenen

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-38486-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-38485-2Published: 05 May 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-38488-3Published: 05 May 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-38486-9Published: 04 May 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 379

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economic Policy, International Political Economy, Economic Geography, Development Studies, Natural Resource and Energy Economics

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