Review of Fear and Fortune

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Anna Todsen


Mette High’s Fear and Fortune is an anthropological text which explores how Mongolians in Uyanga adapt to and navigate the artisanal mining (ninja mining) as a viable and preferred way of life to herding. Fraught with issues of pollution (as a social ordering concept) and morality, ninja mining and gold money carries with it great risk of misfortune. With an extended fieldwork spanning two-and-a-half years, High unpacks how the cosmoeconomy of the Mongolian gold rush in Uyanga challenges conventional ideas of economics, exchange, money, and morality.

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