ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Political Economy of Landmines: View from a Minefield in North-Western Cambodia

Landmines, one of the numerous explosive remnants of war, litter the globe. This paper argues that an entire industry has emerged to manage them and yet academic literature has fallen behind in its analysis. There is a political economy of landmines, with a structure, market and competing interests, whose politics are expressed globally and locally. Both the manufacture and use of landmines, as well as the opposition and demining, are part of an organised sector, while local autonomous methods of dealing with landmines remain beyond the pale. This article, based on research in a study area in the K5 mine belt in Cambodia, uses qualitative methodology driven by a feminist perspective to question the wisdom of the landmine sector based almost entirely on quantitative data.



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