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State Crime on the Margins of Empire: Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining

Lasslett, Kristian (2014) State Crime on the Margins of Empire: Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining. Pluto Press. London. 240 pp ISBN 978 0 7453 3504 9 [Book (authored)]

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URL: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745335049

Abstract

This book offers a pioneering window into the elusive workings of state-corporate crime within the extractive industries. It follows a campaign of resistance organised by indigenous activists on the island of Bougainville, designed to close a Rio Tinto owned copper mine, and investigates the subsequent state-corporate response, which led to the loss of approximately 10,000 lives. Drawing on internal records and interviews with senior officials, this book examines how an articulation of capitalist transition mediated through patrimonial politics, imperial state-power, large-scale mining, and clan-based, rural society, prompted an ostensibly ‘responsible’ corporate citizen, and liberal state actors, to organise a counterinsurgency campaign punctuated with gross human rights abuses. State Crime on the Margins of Empire represents a unique intervention rooted in a classical Marxist tradition that challenges positivist streams of criminological scholarship, in order to illuminate with greater detail the historical forces faced by communities in the global south caught in the increasingly violent dynamics of the extractive industries.

Item Type:Book (authored)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:29023
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Lasslett
Deposited On:27 Mar 2014 01:00
Last Modified:20 Nov 2014 23:50

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