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Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia: Life in the Gap

Empson, R; (2020) Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia: Life in the Gap. Economic Exposures in Asia. UCL PRESS: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Almost 10 years ago the mineral-rich country of Mongolia experienced very rapid economic growth, fuelled by China’s need for coal and copper. New subjects, buildings, and businesses flourished, and future dreams were imagined and hoped for. This period of growth is, however, now over. Mongolia is instead facing high levels of public and private debt, conflicts over land and sovereignty, and a changed political climate that threatens its fragile democratic institutions. Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia details this complex story through the intimate lives of five women. Building on long-term friendships, which span over 20 years, Rebecca documents their personal journeys in an ever-shifting landscape. She reveals how these women use experiences of living a ‘life in the gap’ to survive the hard reality between desired outcomes and their actual daily lives. In doing so, she offers a completely different picture from that presented by economists and statisticians of what it is like to live in this fluctuating extractive economy.

Type: Book
Title: Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia: Life in the Gap
ISBN-13: 978-1-78735-146-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787351462
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787351462
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Rebecca M. Empson, 2020 Images © Copyright owner named in captions, 2020 Rebecca M. Empson has asserted her rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work. A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library. This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work, provided that attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Empson R.M. 2020. Subjective Lives and Economic Transformations in Mongolia: Life in the Gap. London: UCL Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787351462 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ Any third-party material in this book is published under the book’s Creative Commons licence unless indicated otherwise in the credit line of the material. If you would like to re-use any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.
Keywords: Mongolia, anthropology, economics, women, mineral, coal, copper
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10098226
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