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Coltan (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Nest, Michael

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A decade ago no one except geologists had heard of tantalum or 'coltan' - an obscure mineral that is an essential ingredient in mobile phones and laptops. Then, in 2000, reports began to leak out of Congo: of mines deep in the jungle where coltan was extracted in brutal condition...s watched over by warlords. The United Nations sent a team to investigate, and its expose of the relationship between violence and the exploitation of coltan and other natural resources contributed to a re-examination of scholarship on the motivations and strategies of armed groups. The politics of coltan encompass rebel militias, transnational corporations, determined activists, Hollywood celebrities, the rise of China, and the latest iGadget. Drawing on Congolese and activist voices, Nest analyses the two issues that define coltan politics: the relationship between coltan and violence in the Congo, and contestation between activists and corporations to reshape the global tantalum supply chain. The way production and trade of coltan is organised creates opportunities for armed groups, but the Congo wars are not solely, or even primarily, about coltan or minerals generally. Nest argues the political significance of coltan lies not in its causal link to violence, but in activists' skillful use of mobile phones as a symbol of how ordinary people and transnational corporations far from Africa are implicated in Cong's coltan industry and therefore its conflict. Nest examines the challenges coltan initiatives face in an activist 'marketplace' crowded with competing justice issues, and identifies lessons from coltan initiatives for the geopolitics of global resources more generally.
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ISBN 9780745649320
Released NZ 4 Mar 2011
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series Resources
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780745649320
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Polity Press
Released 4 Mar 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Nest, Michael
Series Resources
Category Economic Geology
Management Of Land & Natural Resources
Agriculture & Farming
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 212mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 333.85499
Weight 308g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Violence - Congo (Democratic Republic), Kongo (Demokratische Republik), Mines and mineral resources - Congo (Democratic Republic), Tantalum - Economic aspects - Congo (Democratic Republic), Tantalum - Political aspects - Congo (Democratic Republic)
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly