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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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“Corporate Security Begins in the Community”

“Corporate Security Begins in the Community”

The Social Work of Environmental Management

(p.157) Chapter 5 “Corporate Security Begins in the Community”
Enacting the Corporation

Marina Welker

University of California Press

This chapter examines three different enactments of the corporation and their ethical entailments by analyzing an incident in which village residents attacked environmental activists. Environmental activists enacted Newmont as environmentally destructive (“Newmonster”), mine managers enacted it as environmentally friendly (“Goodmont”), and local attackers enacted Newmont as a patron under their protection. Each of these enactments entailed specific ethical stances among its adherents and motivated them to different kinds of action. By exploring the actions and commitments of the latter groups who defended capital against activists, the chapter seeks to complement the extensive anthropological literature on transnational advocacy networks supporting indigenous rights, social justice, and environmentalism against extractive industries.

Keywords:   corporate enactments, environmental activists, Newmonster, Goodmont, ethics, transnational advocacy networks, indigenous rights, social justice, environmentalism

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