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Enacting the CorporationAn American Mining Firm in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia$
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Marina Welker

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282308

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282308.001.0001

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“My Job Would Be Far Easier If Locals Were Already Capitalists”

“My Job Would Be Far Easier If Locals Were Already Capitalists”

Incubating Enterprise and Patronage

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(p.99) Chapter 3 “My Job Would Be Far Easier If Locals Were Already Capitalists”
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Enacting the Corporation
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Marina Welker

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282308.003.0004

This chapter examines how Batu Hijau's community programs have worked to foster and channel—as well as to suppress—patronage dynamics. It also develops a view of local residents as actors engaged with (and not simply acted upon by) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) business development initiatives. Their perspectives on what the corporation is and what it owes them shape Newmont's community development plans and programs, creating flows of money, materials, ideas, and persons across mine boundaries. These flows and dynamics are constitutive of rather than marginal to everyday mine operations. They challenge us to make sense of how corporate managers variously claim integration with, distance from, and control over their trading partners—to understand how and why they essay rhetorically and materially to gather them in and hold them at a distance.

Keywords:   patronoage dynamics, local residents, CSR business development, Newmont, community development plans, corporate managers, trading partners, Batu Hijau, community programs, Corporate Social Responsibility

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