By Glynn Cochrane
This e-book outlines how Rio Tinto—one of the world’s greatest miners—redesigned and rebuilt relationships with groups after the rejection of the corporate in the course of Bougainville’s Civil warfare. Glynn Cochrane remembers how he and associates applied their education as social anthropologists to assist the corporate to earn an management attractiveness and aggressive company virtue by way of developing the case for long term, at the floor, smoke-in-the-eyes interplay with humans in neighborhood groups all over the world, regardless of the attraction of maximal potency thoughts and faster, more uncomplicated solutions. rather than utilizing ready-made, formulaic toolkits, Rio Tinto depended on group practitioners to aim to deal with neighborhood personal tastes and cultural modifications. This quantity offers a step by step account of ways mining businesses can use social anthropological and ethnographic insights to layout methods of operating with neighborhood groups, specially in instances of upheaval.
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The introduction of workers from elsewhere in PNG, rather than those from Asia, was another major reason for the closure of the mine. Thousands of the workers at the mine were brought in from the New Guinea highlands. The locals called them “redskins” because they were so much lighter in skin color than people from Bougainville. The highlanders were aggressive. They pushed and shoved to get their own way. When they did not succeed, fighting broke out. 15 As dissatisfaction mounted the Bougainville people took violent action to expel all “redskins” from their island.
See Filer (1990). See also Ogan (1999). Was there any precedent for Kingship? African anthropologists have tongue-in-cheek asked why their leaders were just “chiefs” and not Emperors. In Melanesia the idea of a “Paramount Chief” seems to have crept in from Fiji where there was such a distinction. Roger Keesing summarized some of this creative thinking about the past. See Keesing (1989). 14. See Ogan (1996). See Lasslett (2009). Lasslett adopts a Marxist perspective that does not have a very good fit with Melanesian society.
In North America the US Supreme Court has ruled that certain Indian groups already have the legal status of sovereign nations. New Zealand has the treaty of Waitangi, while Australian and Canadian courts have recognized indigenous land rights. Yet in a number of South American countries the constitutional safeguards for indigenous peoples have performed poorly. How is indigeneity defined? Self-definition is usually taken to be the most important element in deciding whether a people is or is not entitled to be called indigenous.
Anthropology in the Mining Industry: Community Relations after Bougainville's Civil War by Glynn Cochrane