Title

Global Incorporation and Local Conflict: Sierra Leonean Mining Regions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2012

Keywords

mining conflict, Sierra Leone, land rights, environmental degradation, core–periphery inequities

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00945.x

Abstract

This paper draws upon a world‐system core–periphery framework to examine the nature and causes of persistent low‐level conflict in Sierra Leonean mining regions. Conflict is endemic because of asymmetrical power relations between global core‐state corporations and peripheral weak‐state Sierra Leone, which are mirrored locally within its mining regions. Structural constraints inherent in these relationships generate and sustain socioeconomic, cultural and environmental inequities. The paper reveals the complex web of micropolitics in the mining locale core‐periphery microcosm involving a weak state, exploitative corporations and oppressive traditional social hierarchies. The findings are relevant to effective policy making and conflict resolution.

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Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Antipode, v. 44, issue 3, p. 581-600

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