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Revealing the Invisible Mine

Social Complexities of an Undeveloped Mining Project

Emilia E. Skrzypek

316 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-856-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-857-3 eBook Not Yet Published

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“There is really nothing quite like Skrzypek’s volume in print... Skrzypek has done an impressive job of bringing [her ideas] together in a rich ethnographic context.” • Dan Jorgensen, Western University

“This is a complex ethnographic corner of Papua New Guinea, and the author has demonstrated her ability to penetrate beneath the cultural surface.” • Nick Bainton, The University of Queensland


Exploring the social complexities of the Frieda River Project in Papua New Guinea, this book tells the story of local stakeholder strategies on the eve of industrial development, told largely from the perspective of the Paiyamo - one of the project’s so-called ‘impact communities’. Engaging ideas of knowledge, belief and personhood, it explains how fifty years of encounters with exploration companies shaped the Paiyamo’s aspirations, made them revisit and re-examine their past, and develop new strategies to move towards a better, more prosperous future.

Emilia Skrzypek is a social anthropologist based at the University of St Andrews. Her research to date has largely focused on Papua New Guinea where she works on issues related to broadly conceived resource relations and interdependencies.

Subject: General Anthropology Political Economy
Area: Asia-Pacific


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Notes on Text

Chapter 1. Role play
Chapter 2. Making up Paiyamo
Chapter 3. Make Believe
Chapter 4. The Book of Paiyamo
Chapter 5. Precipitating the Mine



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