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Corporate Social Responsibility?Human Rights in the New Global Economy$
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Charlotte Walker-Said and John D. Kelly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226244273

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226244440.001.0001

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Tender Is the Mine

Tender Is the Mine

Law, Shadow Rule, and the Public Gaze in Ghana

(p.297) Chapter Fourteen Tender Is the Mine
Corporate Social Responsibility?

Lauren Coyle

University of Chicago Press

This essay draws upon extensive ethnographic research in Obuasi, Ghana to examine the complex microhistories of destruction by AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) that led to community outrage in this town in Africa, to the various articulations and glossing through the mediation of civil society advocates, and to the successful campaign against AGA's corporate practice. This exercise provides occasion to examine the broader fraught and contested roles of transnational corporations (TNCs) in effecting territorial rule – variously and unevenly viewed as “legitimate” or “responsible” – through mechanisms of shadow sovereignty within their concessions. Further, this social drama allows for exploration of the role of transnational soft law norms of “corporate best practices” and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in both “giving voice” to community protests and articulated dissatisfactions, and in fashioning – and, alternately, undergirding or undermining – corporate territorial rule designs and company image-cleansing campaigns.

Keywords:   corporate social responsibility, Ghana, AngloGold Ashanti, shadow sovereignty, Public Eye Award

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