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Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush, written by Mette M. High

Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush, written by... Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush. Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press. 2017. 162 pp. $89.95 isbn 978-1-5017-0754-4 (hardback), $22.95 isbn 978-1-5017-0755-1 (paperback)While the ‘freak geology’ of Mongolia’s immense mineral wealth has been seen as a boon for international investors, local understandings of mineral extraction are much more ambivalent. In Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush, anthropologist Mette M. High focuses on a particularly volatile aspect of the extraction economy: the illegal artisanal (‘ninja’) gold mines. Drawing from two-and-a-half years of fieldwork in the Uyanga district of Övörhangai province between January 2005 and August 2011, High’s book explores the global gold economy via the transformations of local lifeworlds. This ethnography details how the people involved in ninja mining experience the radical change and strangeness of life in the gold rush. Drawing on regional literature on the production of wealth as related to the ability to attract the fortune of domestic and environmental spirit beings, High shows how gold money is linked to human action, landscape and ‘supernatural’ worlds.With complex ethnographic detail, this book illustrates the ways in which humans and non-humans are forging a coexistence in the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush, written by Mette M. High

Inner Asia , Volume 19 (2): 3 – Oct 18, 2017

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Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush. Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press. 2017. 162 pp. $89.95 isbn 978-1-5017-0754-4 (hardback), $22.95 isbn 978-1-5017-0755-1 (paperback)While the ‘freak geology’ of Mongolia’s immense mineral wealth has been seen as a boon for international investors, local understandings of mineral extraction are much more ambivalent. In Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush, anthropologist Mette M. High focuses on a particularly volatile aspect of the extraction economy: the illegal artisanal (‘ninja’) gold mines. Drawing from two-and-a-half years of fieldwork in the Uyanga district of Övörhangai province between January 2005 and August 2011, High’s book explores the global gold economy via the transformations of local lifeworlds. This ethnography details how the people involved in ninja mining experience the radical change and strangeness of life in the gold rush. Drawing on regional literature on the production of wealth as related to the ability to attract the fortune of domestic and environmental spirit beings, High shows how gold money is linked to human action, landscape and ‘supernatural’ worlds.With complex ethnographic detail, this book illustrates the ways in which humans and non-humans are forging a coexistence in the

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Published: Oct 18, 2017

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