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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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“Pak Comrel Is Our Regent Whom We Respect”

“Pak Comrel Is Our Regent Whom We Respect”

Mine, State, and Development Responsibility

(p.67) Chapter 2 “Pak Comrel Is Our Regent Whom We Respect”
Enacting the Corporation

Marina Welker

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on competing but copresent modes of enacting the company as an agent of development, which characterized here as patronage and sustainable development skills. The Community Relations Department and its manager, traditionally called “Pak Comrel” (Mr. or Father Community Relations), were more closely tied to the patronage model, whereas the Community Development Department and its manager, “Ibu Comdev” (Mrs. or Mother Community Development), were more closely associated with the sustainable development model. These models have distinct implications for the role of the state. And in this chapter, considering the largesse-distributing-patron model of the corporation, the company acts as a surrogate state providing jobs, tangible welfare, and infrastructure to local communities.

Keywords:   community development, corporation, patronage, sustainable development, Pak Comrel, Ibu Comdev

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