By Glynn Cochrane
This booklet 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 conflict. Glynn Cochrane remembers how he and associates applied their education as social anthropologists to assist the corporate to earn an management recognition and aggressive enterprise virtue by means of setting up the case for long term, at the floor, smoke-in-the-eyes interplay with humans in neighborhood groups worldwide, regardless of the allure of maximal potency ideas and speedier, more uncomplicated solutions. rather than utilizing ready-made, formulaic toolkits, Rio Tinto trusted group practitioners to attempt to deal with neighborhood personal tastes and cultural ameliorations. 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, specifically in occasions of upheaval.
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Intergenerational conflict was common enough in Melanesia at the time. ” Near the mine on Bougainville young educated men were furious with their elders, who they thought were 22 G. COCHRANE being duped. The division between the young and the old and between men who managed their sisters’ properties may have contributed to the eventual tragedy on the island. Had the local matrilineal kinship system been affected by patrilineal principles? Such a development although rare in mainly patrilineal PNG had been noticed elsewhere in the country.
The local skills base had been eroded, so where would workers come from and who would the islanders allow to work at the mine? 20 BOUGAINVILLE LESSONS FOR RIO TINTO 25 Rio Tinto Community Relations BCL was proud of the fact that the company had built a first-class mine in a remote region which had exceeded all production targets. BCL had done everything the government had told them to do; they believed they had dealt fairly with local people and simply could not understand what had gone wrong. There had been no warning.
Anthropology in the Mining Industry: Community Relations after Bougainville's Civil War by Glynn Cochrane