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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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“We Identified Farmers as Our Top Security Risk”

“We Identified Farmers as Our Top Security Risk”

Ethereal and Material Development in the Paddy Fields

(p.129) Chapter 4 “We Identified Farmers as Our Top Security Risk”
Enacting the Corporation

Marina Welker

University of California Press

This chapter systematically looks at moments of failure in farmer trainings—to explore how pedagogic technologies can elicit the “wrong” ideas and behaviors, and how they at times reinforce the very subjectivities and intersubjective relations they are supposed to replace. The trainings were meant to “responsibilize” individual farmers, but instead farmers sought to “responsibilize” Newmont. The argument here parallels Paul Willis's 1977 discussion of how working-class youth wind up in working-class jobs, as Sumbawan program participants often misapprehended and critiqued the participatory and empowering rhetoric of Newmont's trainings, insisting instead that they were entitled to—and dependent on—conventional development assistance. In so doing, they enacted two kinds of interdependent, nonliberal subjects: themselves as clients and Newmont as patron.

Keywords:   farmer trainings, Farmer Field Schools, Newmont, Sumbawan program participants, developmental assistance

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