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We Eat The Mines And The Mines Eat Us: Dependency And Exploitation In Bolivian Tin Mines (Book Review), Melvin Burke Apr 1982

We Eat The Mines And The Mines Eat Us: Dependency And Exploitation In Bolivian Tin Mines (Book Review), Melvin Burke

School of Economics Faculty Scholarship

...[t]here is much to be learned by anthropologists, economists, Bolivian scholars, socialists, and capitalists alike from this book. None of these individuals will be completely satisfied, since the work will not be sufficiently scientific or ideologically correct for specialists. Such, however, is the nature of a truly cross-disciplinary study like the one here under review. Nevertheless, virtually everyone who reads Nash's latest book should find it, as I did, enlightening, interesting, and above all emotionally moving.


We Eat The Mines And The Mines Eat Us: Dependency And Exploitation In Bolivian Tin Mines (Book Review), Melvin Burke Jul 1980

We Eat The Mines And The Mines Eat Us: Dependency And Exploitation In Bolivian Tin Mines (Book Review), Melvin Burke

School of Economics Faculty Scholarship

This book is about the high human cost of producing tin and other minerals. June Nash vividly describes the arduous physical labor and life of Bolivian miners in the physically inhospitable Andean mountains. More than an anthropological account of indigenous miners in far-off Bolivia, the book is a serious rendering of the contemporary social, economic, and political reality at the industrial world periphery. It is a unique blend of disciplines, paradigms, and philosophies which moves one back and forth in time and space and thought. Nash is able to tie this all together by permitting the miners to speak for ...