The Politics of Power

The Politics of Power

Freeport in Suharto's Indonesia

by Denise Leith

Paperback Publication Date: 31/10/2002

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Even as Major General Suharto consolidated his power in the bloodletting of the mid-sixties, Freeport-McMoRan, the American transnational mining company, signed a contract with the new military regime, the first foreign company to do so. To day, in the isolated jungles of West Papua, a region that is increasingly restive under Indonesian rule, Freeport lays claim to the world's largest gold mine and one of its richest and most profitable copper mines. This volume is the first major analysis of the company's presence in Indonesia. It takes a close and detailed look at the changing nature of power relations between Freeport and Suharto, the Indonesian military, the traditional landowners (the Amungme and Kamoro), and environmental and human rights groups. It examines how and why an American company, despite such rigorous home-state laws, was able to operate in West Papua with impunity for nearly thirty years and adapt to, indeed thrive in, a business culture anchored in corruption, collusion, and nepotism.
ISBN:
9780824825669
9780824825669
Category:
Mining industry
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
31-10-2002
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x23mm
Weight:
0.61kg

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