Mette M. High

Mette M. High is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on economic transformations and moral sensibilities in extractive industries, ranging from the gold mines of Mongolia to the oil and gas fields of the US. She has just completed her monograph entitled Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush and is now working on a new 3-year research project entitled ‘Fracking Dreams: Corporate morality and environmental politics in a new ‘energy economy’ in the United States’.

Selected publications:

N.D.        A Question of Ethics: The Creative Orthodoxy of Buddhist Monks in the Mongolian Gold Rush.

2013      Cosmologies of Freedom and Buddhist Self-Transformation in the Mongolian Gold Rush. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 19(4):753-770.

2013 Polluted Money, Polluted Wealth: Emerging Regimes of Value in the Mongolian Gold Mines. American Ethnologist 40(4):676-688.

2013      Believing in Spirits, Doubting the Cosmos: Religious Reflexivity in the Mongolian Gold Mines. In Ethnographies of Doubt: Faith and Uncertainty in Contemporary Societies. M. Pelkmans (ed.). London: I.B. Tauris. Pp. 59-84.

2012      The Cultural Logics of Illegality: Living Outside the Law in the Mongolian Gold Mines. In Change in Democratic Mongolia: Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism and Mining. J. Dierkes (ed.).Leiden: Brill. Pp. 249-270.

2010      Ayoltai Hishig (Dangerous Fortunes: An Anthropological Study of the Mongolian Informal Gold Mining Economy). Preface by Prof. Sendenzhavyn Dulam and Foreword by Prof. Caroline Humphrey, transl. by Bum-Ochir Dulam. Admon Press: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

2010     Rulers and Rascals: The Politics of Gold in Mongolian Qing History. With Jonathan Schlesinger. Central Asian Survey 29(3):289-304.