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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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(p.1) Introduction
Enacting the Corporation

Marina Welker

University of California Press

This introductory chapter lays out the anthropological context underpinning this study and the materialist bent of its analysis. The focus here is to train anthropological attention on the everyday work that people perform as they struggle to deploy corporations as actors with particular components, relations, interests, and boundaries. Different corporate enactments involve descriptive and prescriptive dimensions, offering accounts of what is and what ought to be. The chapter argues that how we construct corporations as actors has crucial entailments for how we assign responsibilities to them, and vice versa. What appears as ontological flux, or changes in the nature of the corporation, is closely tied to fluctuating corporate responsibilities.

Keywords:   anthropology, materialism, corporations, corporate enactments, corporate responsibilities

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