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Coltan
Coltan
著者名 Nest, Michael
出版社 : Polity Pr
出版年月 : 2011/04
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780745649320

BookWeb価格 : AED 86.00

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言語 : English
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内容情報
Source: ENG
Review:
Choice Reviews 2012 January
Table of Contents
 
List of abbreviations                              vi
List of figures, tables and text boxes             vii
Acknowledgements                                   ix
1 Facts, figures and myths                         1  (30)
2 Organization of production and markets           31 (35)
3 Coltan and conflict                              66 (39)
4 Advocacy, campaigns and initiatives              105(55)
5 The future of coltan politics                    160(28)
Notes                                              188(7)
Selected readings                                  195(9)
Index                                              204
 

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 conditions 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 Congo'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.

Contents
List of abbreviations. List of Tables. List of Figures. List of Boxes. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. Organisation of production and trade. 3. Coltan, Congo and war. 4. Advocacy, campaigns and initiatives. 5. The future of coltan politics. Selected readings. Index.