Chinese participation in Ghana's informal gold mining economy : Drivers, implications and clarifications. / Hilson, Gavin; Hilson, Abigail; Adu-Darko, Eunice.

In: JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES, Vol. 34, 04.2014, p. 292-303.

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Hilson, Gavin ; Hilson, Abigail ; Adu-Darko, Eunice. / Chinese participation in Ghana's informal gold mining economy : Drivers, implications and clarifications. In: JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES. 2014 ; Vol. 34. pp. 292-303.

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