Anthropology in the Mining Industry

Community Relations after Bougainville's Civil War

  • Glynn Cochrane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Glynn Cochrane
    Pages 1-11
  3. Bougainville

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 15-35
    3. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 37-61
    4. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 63-79
  4. Community Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 83-101
    3. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 103-134
    4. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 135-160
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 163-180
    3. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 181-194
    4. Glynn Cochrane
      Pages 195-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-243

About this book


This book outlines how Rio Tinto—one of the world’s largest miners— redesigned and rebuilt relationships with communities after the rejection of the company during Bougainville’s Civil War. Glynn Cochrane recalls how he and colleagues utilized their training as social anthropologists to help the company to earn an industry leadership reputation and competitive business advantage by establishing the case for long-term, on the ground, smoke-in-the-eyes interaction with people in local communities around the world, despite the appeal of maximal efficiency techniques and quicker, easier answers. Instead of using ready-made, formulaic toolkits, Rio Tinto relied on community practitioners to try to accommodate local preferences and cultural differences. This volume provides a step-by-step account of how mining companies can use social anthropological and ethnographic insights to design ways of working with local communities, especially in times of upheaval. 


Mining Rio Tinto Corporate responsibility Community relations Social policy Papua New Guinea Bougainville environmental sociology social inequality

Authors and affiliations

  • Glynn Cochrane
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50309-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50310-3
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