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Mining History

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/9780520211360.003.0002
Mining History

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This chapter chronicles nearly a century of Anaconda Company operations, linking the histories of Butte and Chuquicamata and situating them in the larger story of transnational capitalism. It argues that it is impossible to grasp the cultural, historical, political, and social implications of copper production in one locale without viewing one in relation to the others and to the cultural politics of copper writ large. The chapter offers an alternative model for the practice of transnational research and the research of transnational practices.

Keywords: Chuquicamata; Butte; Anaconda Company; transnational capitalism; copper production

Chapter.  16039 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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