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Tracing the VeinsOf Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata$
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Janet Finn

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211360

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211360.001.0001

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Mining Community

Mining Community

(p.72) Three Mining Community
Tracing the Veins

Janet L. Finn

University of California Press

This chapter examines the competing formations of community that linked and separated the people of Butte and Chuquicamata. Community is at once a negotiated reality in the making and an arena in which other forms of struggle and support play out. The discussion explores the communities that were made and not made as corporate and on-the-ground visions of belonging overlapped and collided, and considers the constructions of difference through which certain boundaries were created and maintained, often in the service of corporate visions of community. A focus on the corporate imagination allows one to see ways in which the Anaconda Company worked to create a sense of community in Butte and Chuquicamata. Though Anaconda imagined a benevolent patriarchy in Chuquicamata, it often propagated a sense of democratic “we're all in the same boat” struggle in Butte.

Keywords:   Butte, Chuquicamata, Anaconda Company, corporate vision

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