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Gold Mining and the Discourses of Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana

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About this book

Introduction

This book critically examines the practice and meanings of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how the movement has facilitated a positive and somewhat unquestioned image of the global corporation. Drawing on extensive fieldwork material collected in Ghanaian communities located around the project sites of Newmont Mining Corporation and Kinross Gold Corporation, the monograph employs critical discourse analysis to accentuate how mining corporations use CSR as a discursive alibi to gain legitimacy and dominance over the social order, while determining their own spheres of responsibility and accountability. Hiding behind such notions as ‘social licence to operate’ and ‘best practice,’ corporations are enacted as entities that are morally conscious and socially responsible. Yet, this enactment is contested in host communities, as explored in chapters that examine corporate citizenship, gendered perspectives, and how global CSR norms institutionalize unaccountability.

Nathan Andrews is Assistant Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Keywords

Natural Rescources Development African Studies Social Impact Global Mining Gold Ghana Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Global and International StudiesUniversity of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada

About the authors

Nathan Andrews is Assistant Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

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Reviews

Gold Mining and the Discourses of Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana offers critical insight into the CSR practices of mining multinationals operating in Ghana. In revealing the unfulfilled expectations and contradictory outcomes of CSR for its putative beneficiaries – those living in the shadows of the gold mines – this book makes an important contribution to scholarship on CSR and extractive capitalism.” (Dinah Rajak, author of In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility)

Gold Mining and the Discourses of Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana is innovative and engaging. Importantly, it moves the emerging corporate social responsibility debates in Africa forward in an exciting way. The book offers critical insights into the nature, contestations and dynamics of CSR in Ghana while privileging African voices.  A must read for anyone interested in CSR within Africa.” (Uwafiokun Idemudia, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto)

Responsibilizing the Corporation offers critical insight into the CSR practices of mining multinationals operating in Ghana. In revealing the unfulfilled expectations and contradictory outcomes of CSR for its putative beneficiaries – those living in the shadows of the gold mines – this book makes an important contribution to scholarship on CSR and extractive capitalism.” (Dinah Rajak, author of In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility)

“This is a powerful and engaging book that should be read by all those interested in the social responsibility of organizations (and the related responsibility of states). Through a detailed empirical study of the mining activities of Newmont and Kinross in Ghana and the impact on local communities, Andrews examines ways to re-responsibilize the state while de-responsibilizing the corporation. This has major and important implications, undermining the way that many business apologists and management scholars (and quite a few corporate-linked NGOs) understand and analyze corporate responsibility.” (David J. Cooper, Professor of Accounting, University of Alberta and Editor, Accounting Organizations and Society)

Responsibilizing the Corporation is innovative and engaging. Importantly, it moves the emerging corporate social responsibility debates in Africa forward in an exciting way. The book offers critical insights into the nature, contestations and dynamics of CSR in Ghana while privileging African voices.  A must read for anyone interested in CSR within Africa.” (Uwafiokun Idemudia, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto)

“An original, informed analysis of the profound limits of CSR around two multinational corporations in today’s ‘Gold Coast’. It nicely juxtaposes ‘natural resource governance’, state-corporate-community relations, development, and sustainability. And it reflects on the variety of global standards today. Andrews privileges local, especially female, voices and suggests that African cannot ‘rise’ until the political economy of gold is transformed. This monograph is destined to become a classic in several overlapping fields beyond mining, business ethics and African studies.” (Timothy M. Shaw, Editor of Routledge’s International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series & Palgrave’s International Political Economy Series)