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Business for peace? : The ambiguous role of "ethical" mining companies

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Hönke, Jana:
Business for peace? : The ambiguous role of "ethical" mining companies.
In: Peacebuilding. Vol. 2 (2014) Issue 2 . - pp. 172-187.
ISSN 2164-7267
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Multinational companies are increasingly promoted as peacebuilders. Major arguments in support of such a position emphasise both interest-based and norm/socialisation-based factors. This article uses research on large mining MNCs in eastern DRC – those that, arguably, should be most likely to build peace according to the above positions – to engage critically with the business for peace agenda. First it demonstrates the limited peacemaking, as well as active peacebuilding, activities in broader society that companies undertake. Second, it finds that even those companies deemed most likely to build peace continue relying on hybrid (in)security practice. Third, this article calls for more reflexivity concerning the implications of the business for peace research agenda. While the latter might contribute to socialising businesses into contributions to peacebuilding, it also produces companies as legitimate authorities, despite their limitations as peacebuilders. As a result, new conflict and insecurity are produced, especially for/with those displaced from land and artisanal mining pits and left with no alternative livelihood options.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Additional notes (visible to public): This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Peacebuilding on 27 May 2014, available online:
Keywords: Business; Peace; Ethical; Mining Companies
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa
Language: English
Originates at UBT: No
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5836-9
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 09:40
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 09:41


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