Conflict and astroturfing in Niyamgiri:the importance of national advocacy networks in anti-corporate social movements

Kraemer, Romy and Whiteman, Gail and Banerjee, Bobby (2013) Conflict and astroturfing in Niyamgiri:the importance of national advocacy networks in anti-corporate social movements. Organization Studies, 34 (5-6). pp. 823-852. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

Traditional models of transnational advocacy networks (TANs) and stakeholder management do not capture the nuance and dynamics of (counter-)organizing processes around anti-corporate mobilization. Based on the case of a resistance movement against a planned bauxite mine on tribal land in India, we develop a process theory of interactions between local, national and international actors within transnational advocacy networks. These encounters are not always friendly and are often characterized by conflict between actors with disparate goals and interests. We highlight the importance of national advocacy networks (NANs) in anti-corporate social movements and describe the conflicts and disruptions that result from ignoring them. Our findings also point to the role of corporate counter-mobilization strategies in shaping resistance movements. Our narrative revolves around a particular focal actor in the anti-mining campaign: a young tribal man who emerged as a passionate spokesperson for the movement, but later became a supporter of the controversial mine. Our findings contribute to a richer understanding of the processes underlying transnational and national anti-corporate mobilization.

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Journal Article
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Organization Studies
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06 Feb 2017 15:20
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Published
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