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Tom SweeneyAs an expatriate Englishman with an anthropological penchant, it is perhaps unsurprising that my interest is in the socio-cultural aspects of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Recently, when researching mining companies working in Papua New Guinea (PNG), my attention was drawn to the issue of how large corporations are impacting non-industrial or non-capitalist societies.

The presence of mining in PNG has inarguably changed the cultural landscape of the area. Many communities not just in PNG but globally, have been thrust into the economic sphere of influence of the Western world, with little preparation or choice, due to their geographical proximity to operations owned and run by large multinational corporations.

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