Disrupted Disclosure: The Politics of Visibility and Surveillance in the Extractive Industries

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    Abstract

    While projects of governance by transparency have become widespread over the past decades, theyare usually investigated and theorized in isolation from the wider field of visibility and surveillancein which they are embedded. Building on theories of governance, visibility and surveillance, and onongoing research in the extractive industries and social movements, this work-in-progress sets outto examine (a) why and how transparency has been constructed and mobilized in recentinternational attempts to regulate the extractive industries, specifically oil and gas companies; (b)how companies’ normal appearances become challenged through disruptive disclosures in mediaenvironments characterized by multiple levels of visibility, with companies both observing andbeing observed by civil society groups that criticize them; (c) why and how the mobilization aroundtransparency and ensuing practices of surveillance produce new forms of governing, potentiallywidening the space of manoeuvring for corporations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2013
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies: Extending the Limits of Neo-liberal Capitalism - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jul 201312 Jul 2013
    Conference number: 8
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies
    Number8
    LocationUniversity of Manchester
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityManchester
    Period10/07/201312/07/2013
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