The State, Popular Mobilisation and Gold Mining in Mongolia
Shaping ‘Neoliberal’ Policies
Mongolia’s mining sector, along with its environmental and social costs, have been the subject of prolonged and heated debate. This debate has often cast the country as either a victim of the ‘resource curse’ or guilty of ‘resource nationalism’.
In The State, Popular Mobilisation and Gold Mining in Mongolia, Dulam Bumochir aims to avoid the pitfalls of this debate by adopting an alternative theoretical approach. He focuses on the indigenous representations of nature, environment, economy, state and sovereignty that have triggered nationalist and statist responses to the mining boom. In doing so, he explores the ways in which these responses have shaped the apparently ‘neo-liberal’ policies of twenty-first century Mongolia, and the economy that has emerged from them, in the face of competing mining companies, protest movements, international donor organizations, economic downturn, and local and central government policies.
Applying rich ethnography to a nuanced and complex picture, Bumochir’s analysis is essential reading for students and researchers studying the environment and mining, especially in Central and North East Asia and post-Soviet regions, and also for readers interested in the relationship between neoliberalism, nationalism, environmentalism and state.
Dulam Bumochir completed his PhD in Philology at Mongolian Academy of Sciences in 2000, and in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University in 2006. He has been conducting research on wide range of topics exploring folk and shamanic practices, rituals and chants, and tracing historical construction of Mongolian concept ‘shamanism’ and ‘shamanic religion’. In work on Qinghai, North West of China, he looked at ethnic politics, power of respect in the social production of identity, politics and state.
1. The Reification of the National Economy
2. Beyond ‘Resource Nationalism’
3. Navigating Nationalist and Statist Initiatives
4. Advocacy and Activism in Popular Mobilisations
5. The De-deification of the State
6. An Original Environmentalist Society
Format: Open Access PDF
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: March 18, 2020
Series: Economic Exposures in Asia