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Tracing the Veins

Janet L. Finn

in Tracing the Veins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520211360.003.0001
Tracing the Veins

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This is a tale of two cities—Butte, Montana, USA; and Chuquicamata, Chile—intimate strangers, linked through their histories as the copper-producing hubs of the Anaconda Company. Butte and Chuquicamata are connected in a labyrinthine history of political and economic intrigues that defy above-ground detection. This chapter notes the call for the engagement of history and ethnography in understanding the intersection of global processes and local life. It enables one to take a long-term look at large-scale political and economic shifts, patterns of corporate practice, and the articulation of these forces with peoples' lived experiences. Questions of gender and power, class and community are at the center of a story that moves beyond abstractions to a concrete and culturally informed analysis of the making of a mining way of life.

Keywords: copper production; corporate practice; Butte; mining; Anaconda Company; Chuquicamata

Chapter.  11040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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