Wildcat Economics: Informal Mining and Gold from the Global Margins in Contemporary Latin America

Project Details


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship funded by the European Union.

Layman's description

This project is an ethnographic study of small-scale gold mining in South America, otherwise known as ‘wildcat mining’, and aims to explore the interconnection between formal and informal economic spheres at the global margins. The project forges a concept of ‘wildcat economics’: that is, the particular form of small-scale mining that takes place in remote regions of the world essentially ‘under the radar’, in this case the Amazonian rainforest. As such, WILDCAT explores forms of globalization that do not comprise direct corporate growth, but emerge from individual ventures, and thus challenges stereotypical renditions of resource extraction and global capitalism. Through this analytical framework, the project provides insights into lesser-understood workings of globalization by offering new ways of conceptualizing the jurisdictions of global capitalism and the economic activities that lie beyond its limits.
Effective start/end date18/08/1631/12/18


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