By Glynn Cochrane

This ebook outlines how Rio Tinto—one of the world’s biggest miners—redesigned and rebuilt relationships with groups after the rejection of the corporate in the course of Bougainville’s Civil battle. Glynn Cochrane remembers how he and associates applied their education as social anthropologists to assist the corporate to earn an management acceptance and aggressive enterprise virtue through constructing the case for long term, at the flooring, smoke-in-the-eyes interplay with humans in neighborhood groups worldwide, regardless of the allure of maximal potency innovations and swifter, more straightforward solutions. rather than utilizing ready-made, formulaic toolkits, Rio Tinto trusted group practitioners to aim to house neighborhood personal tastes and cultural adjustments. This quantity presents a step by step account of the way mining businesses can use social anthropological and ethnographic insights to layout methods of operating with neighborhood groups, in particular in occasions of upheaval.

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Skalnik, Peter. 1989. Lihir Society on the Eve of Mining Operations: A Long Term Project for Urgent Anthropological Research in Papua New Guinea. Bulletin of the International Committee on Urgent Anthropological Research, Nos. 32–33. Vienna: UNESCO. West, Richard. 1972. River of Tears: The Rise of the Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation Limited. London: Earth Island. Worsley, Peter. 1964. The Trumpet Shall Sound. London: Methuen. 2 The image of a large mining company destroying the cultural heritage of small groups of indigenous people was vigorously promoted by a number of NGOs.

Eugene Ogan told me in 2000 that the Australian District Commissioner on Bougainville at the time was “a horse’s ass” and that independence had been 50 years in the making. 9. See Ogan (1971). 10. See May and Spriggs (1990). 11. Those interested in this common form of cult-thinking could look at one of the following: see Worsley (1964) or Cochrane (1970). 12. 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.

This then led very quickly to the decentralization of the PNG political framework, with provincial government being established in all 19 provinces. In 1975 the author was a member of a World Bank Economic mission to PNG on the eve of independence the purpose being to assess that country’s credit-worthiness.  Having been an administrator in the BSIP which bordered Bougainville to the south of the island the author was asked by the mission leader to go to Honiara to quietly ask what the reaction might be in the Protectorate should Bougainville announce an intention to leave PNG.

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