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Crime talk, FIFO workers and cultural conflict on the mining boom frontier

Carrington, Kerry, Hogg, Russell, McIntosh, Alison, & Scott, John (2012) Crime talk, FIFO workers and cultural conflict on the mining boom frontier. Australian Humanities Review, 53, pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Australia is experiencing an unprecedented expansion in mining due to intense demand from Asian economies thirsty for Australia’s non-renewable resources, with over $260 billion worth of capital investment currently in the pipeline (BREE 10). The scale of the present boom coupled with the longer term intensification of competitiveness in the global resources sector is changing the very nature of mining operations in Australia. Of particular note is the increasingly heavy reliance on a non-resident workforce, currently sourced from within Australia but with some recent proposals for projects to draw on overseas guest workers. This is no longer confined, as it once was, to remote, short term projects or to exploration and construction phases of operations, but is emerging as the preferred industry norm. Depending upon project location, workers may either fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in, drive-out (DIDO), the critical point being that these operations are frequently undertaken in or near established communities. Drawing primarily on original fieldwork in one of Australia’s mining regions at the forefront of the boom, this paper explores some of the local impacts of new mining regimes, in particular their tendency to undermine collective solidarities, promote social division and fan cultural conflict.

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ID Code: 55293
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Drawing on original fieldwork in one of Australia’s mining regions, this paper explores some of the local impacts of new mining regimes, such as their tendency to undermine tourism, collective solidarities and inflame cultural conflict.
Keywords: Criminological Impact of Mining, FIFO, Frontier cultural conflict, Mining Investment, Mining communities
ISSN: 1325-8338
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian National University
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2012 13:35
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 12:33

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