Mining and (sustainable) local communities : transforming Ravensthorpe, Western Australia

Mayes, Robyn (2014) Mining and (sustainable) local communities : transforming Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. In Brueckner, Martin, Durey, Angela, Mayes, Robyn, & Pforr, Christof (Eds.) Resource Curse or Cure? On the Sustainability of Development in Western Australia. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 223-237.

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Abstract

This chapter examines local community experiences, understandings and changes attending the presence of mining activity, in particular as occurred in the Shire of Ravensthorpe in the South West of Western Australia (WA). It does so by drawing on an extensive ethnographic study spanning the development, opening, and closure of BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO). Given that the negative consequences of mining activity are most evident and complex at the local level, it is crucial that we understand and address how communities (and the individuals and families who are both part of and are shaped by communities) experience the impacts of mining. Though difficult to measure, social and cultural dimensions of mining at the local scale, as this chapter demonstrates, are central to our understanding of mining as a curse or cure.

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ID Code: 72763
Item Type: Book Chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-53873-5_15
ISBN: 9783642538728
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2014 22:40
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 05:13

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