‘Our’ community : corporate social responsibility, neoliberalisation, and mining industry community engagement in rural Australia

Mayes, Robyn, McDonald, Paula K., & Pini, Barbara (2014) ‘Our’ community : corporate social responsibility, neoliberalisation, and mining industry community engagement in rural Australia. Environment and Planning A, 46(2), pp. 398-413.

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Abstract

This paper addresses contemporary neoliberal mobilisations of community undertaken by private corporations. It does so by examining the ways in which the mining industry, empowered through the legitimising framework of corporate social responsibility, is increasingly and profoundly involved in shaping the meaning, practice, and experience of ‘local community’. We draw on a substantial Australian case study, consisting of interviews and document analysis, as a means to examine ‘community-engagement’ practices undertaken by BHP Billiton’s Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation in the Shire of Ravensthorpe in rural Australia. This engagement, we argue, as a process of deepening neoliberalisation simultaneously defines and transforms local community according to the logic of global capital. As such, this study has implications for critical understandings of the intersections among corporate social responsibility, neoliberalisation, community, and capital.

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ID Code: 67940
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Neoliberalisation, Community, Mining, Community Engagement, Global Capitalism
DOI: 10.1068/a45676
ISSN: 0308-518X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 03:20
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 23:42

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