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7157 -- WERTHMANN, KATJA

Cowries, gold and "bitter money". Gold-mining and notions of ill-gotten wealth in Burkina Faso
Paideuma 49.2003:105-124
Keywords: gold and society, social aspects of gold

Werthmann discusses the pro and contra of earning one"s livelihood in the gold-mining business in Burkina Faso, whether it is "good money", "real work", "dangerous gold", or "bitter money". All workers classify gold as a harmful resource because it can be detrimental to social relations as well as to individuals.

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