Mining companies as trustees of society in Colombia: company and community ambiguities

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Abstract

This book chapter explores corporate power as a process that is constantly being negotiated, as it implies fundamental dilemmas of responsibility and is embedded in the paradoxes of relations of dependence. The chapter explores some of the limits to what the Foucauldian analysis, often used in political ecology, can provide to the study of corporate power. The chapter takes its point of departure in the fact that companies are ultimately not interested in becoming surrogate states, though at the same time they often come to occupy a position as a trustee of society. Companies therefore continuously navigate their positions and level of engagement in society because both internal differences among employees and external pressures from society and the market lead them to govern people only as much as they need in order to secure
their investments and profitability. The chapter also addresses some of the ambivalences that the paradox of dependence creates for local communities, as they often both resist the mine and want more autonomy from it, while at the same time also wanting the benefits the company can provide.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelASA 2019: Anthropological perspectives on global challenges
Antal sider20
ForlagBloomsbury Academic
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2020
NavnAssociation of Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth (ASA) monographs

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