The Implications of the Gold Rush

  • David Cleary
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


The social and economic consequences that flow from the establishment of garimpagem in a particular region reverberate far beyond the garimpos themselves, but as good a place as any to begin is with the effect the gold rush has on a local economy when it touches an area. Many commentators have noted that garimpagem stimulates local economies, but the richly diverse range of stimuli has neither been described nor fully appreciated. Take the Gurupí in western Maranhão as an example.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Miller, 1979; 1985.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Phrase from ‘Tn the Hellhole’ cover story on Serra Pelada, Sunday Times Magazine, 17 May 1987.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Gray, 1986.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Burkhatter, 1982.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Gray, 1986, p. 39.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Martinelli et al, 1988.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Miller, 1985, p. 170.Google Scholar

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© David Cleary 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cleary
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business StudiesEdinburgh UniversityUK

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