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INFORMAL ECONOMY

This image is part of my doctoral research about the consequences of Chernobyl

 

Chernobyl border region: North Ukraine.

 

A man stands in an unploughed field in front the forest that marks the start of the 30km 'Exclusion Zone'. The zone surrounds the site of the world's worst Nuclear disaster, Chernobyl. Of course, the fence does not stop invisible radiation, just as it does not stop the socially and economically marginalized inhibitors of the borderland from entering the zone to pick mushrooms, collect scrap metal, or hunt for wild boar.

 

More information here.

 

The stories and experiences that the people in this region have shared with me continue to inform my research, and for that I am grateful.

   

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Thoughts - comments - critiques - always welcome.

  

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Taken on March 12, 2011