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By Marina Welker

What are firms, and to whom are they liable? Anthropologist Marina Welker attracts on years of study at Newmont Mining Corporation’s Denver headquarters and its Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in Sumbawa, Indonesia, to handle those questions. opposed to the backdrop of an rising company Social accountability circulation and altering kingdom dynamics in Indonesia, she indicates how humans enact the mining company in a number of methods: as an ore manufacturer, agency, shopper, promoter of sustainable improvement, spiritual sponsor, auditable association, overseas imperialist, and environmental possibility. instead of assuming that firms are monolithic, profit-maximizing topics, Welker turns to anthropological theories of personhood to advance an analytic version of the company as an risky collective topic with a number of authors, limitations, and pursuits. Enacting the Corporation demonstrates that companies are constituted via non-stop struggles over family members with—and obligations to—local groups, employees, activists, governments, contractors, and shareholders.

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