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Tracing the Veins: Of Copper, Culture, and Community from Butte to Chuquicamata

Janet Finn


This tale of two cities—Butte, Montana, USA; and Chuquicamata, Chile—traces the relationship of capitalism and community across cultural, national, and geographic boundaries. Combining social history with ethnography, the book shows how the development of copper mining set in motion parallel processes involving distinctive constructions of community, class, and gender in the two widely separated but intimately related sites. While the rich veins of copper in the Rockies and the Andes flowed for the giant Anaconda Company, the miners and their families in both places struggled to make a life as ... More

Keywords: Butte, Montana, Chuquicamata, Chile, community, social history, ethnography, copper mining, Anaconda Company, global capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780520211360
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Finn, author