• Making mercury’s histories: Mercury in gold mining’s past and present

Oakley, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7876-8402, 2023, Journal Article, Making mercury’s histories: Mercury in gold mining’s past and present Ambix, 70 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1745-8234

Abstract or Description:

This article considers the presence and absence of mercury, and why in different social arenas where gold features, mercury can become either pervasive or elusive. To substantiate this argument, the article offers two contrasting examples: (1) presentation strategies at Pacific Seaboard gold rush heritage sites, and (2) the background to the Minamata Bay tragedy and the Minamata Convention’s subsequent framing of mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in the Global South. By unpacking these divergent social histories of mercury use and its consequences, the article identifies the current disconnect between different histories of mercury, and the problematic consequences of this disengagement.

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: AHRC [AH/V005510/1], UKRI [PO/SPF/201], Higher Education Funding Council for England Quality-related Research Global Challenges Research Fund (HEFCE QR GCRF) Development Scheme
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00026980.2023.2192125
Uncontrolled Keywords: History; Philosophy of Science; Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 14:27
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 11:07
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5330
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