Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745335049 Published August 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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State Crime on the Margins of Empire: Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining

Kristian Lasslett

State Crime on the Margins of Empire: Rio Tinto, the War on Bougainville and Resistance to Mining

Kristian Lasslett

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745335049 Published August 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $125.00 ISBN: 9780745335032 Published August 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This book offers a pioneering window into the elusive workings of state-corporate crime within the mining industry. It follows a campaign of resistance organised by indigenous activists on the island of Bougainville, who struggled to close a Rio Tinto owned copper mine, and investigates the subsequent state-corporate response, which led to the shocking loss of some 10,000 lives.

Drawing on internal records and interviews with senior officials, Kristian Lasslett examines how an articulation of capitalist growth mediated through patrimonial politics, imperial state-power, large-scale mining, and clan-based, rural society, prompted an ostensibly ‘responsible’ corporate citizen, and liberal state actors, to organise a counterinsurgency campaign punctuated with gross human rights abuses.

State Crime on the Margins of Empire represents a unique intervention rooted in a classical Marxist tradition that challenges positivist streams of criminological scholarship, in order to illuminate with greater detail the historical forces faced by communities in the global south caught in the increasingly violent dynamics of the extractive industries.

Contents
Series Introduction
Abbreviations
1. State Crime and the Empire of Capital
2. The Specificities of Papua New Guinea’s Development
3. From Landowner Crisis to Industrial Sabotage
4. Eight Days that Shook BCL, the First Mine Shutdown and its Aftermath
5. A Tale of Two Solutions - Counterinsurgency Warfare and the Bougainville Package
6. The Making of Civil War on Bougainville
7. State Crime and Really Existing Capitalism: The Lessons of Bougainville
Afterword: Impunity, Civil Society and the Struggle Ahead in Melanesia
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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