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April Publication: Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form. Wenner-Gren Symposium Series, Current Anthropology

April 14, 2011

Corporate Lives CoverCorporate LIves: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form is the latest offering from the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series, and the third volume in the series. It has been mailed out alongside the regular Current Anthropology April issue. It is also now available online as an open access volume on the Current Anthropology Website (Click here to access the volume). This new venture permits the product of the Wenner-Gren Symposia to be accessed free of change and available for scholars and the public worldwide. The increased availability of the Symposium series online allows the Foundation to continue to fulfill its mission of promoting anthropology worldwide and fostering an international community of scholars.

 The latest volume, Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form is guest edited by Damani J. Partridge (University of Michigan), Marina Welker (Cornell), and Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan) is the result of a Symposia sponsored by the WEnner-Gren Foundation and the School of American Research (SAR) and held at SAR, Santa Ne, New Mexico,  August 21-27, 2008. More information about this Wenner-Gren symposia can be found here.

 The next volume in the Symposium Series will be The Origins of Agriculture: New Data, New Ideas guest edited by T. Douglas Price and Ofer Bar-Yosef

 

Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form
 Guest Edited by Damani J. Partridge (University of Michigan), Marina Welker (Cornell), and Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan)
Current Anthropology, Volume 52, Supplement 3, April 2011

This special issue of Current Anthropology calls for more anthropological attention to how the corporate form shapes daily life. The Introduction traces anthropologists’ engagements with corporations over time and presents transformations in traditionally corporate arenas, such as mining and textile production, alongside parallel developments in transnational cooperatives, organic production systems, and ethnic deployments of the corporate form.  The articles in the volume explore the influence of corporations in unexpected sectors from conservation to “poverty alleviation” to cancer survival. Furthermore, they analyze corporate norms and practices in relation to broader governance trends, from fair trade dynamics to shareholder activism and from corporate social responsibility initiatives to the spread of accountability measures and the influence of corporate sovereignty. The volume brings together the voices of anthropologists, social activists, NGO managers, corporate executives, financial planners, and entrepreneurs.  It is the product of a five-day Wenner-Gren Symposium held in August 2008 at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) campus in Santa Fe, sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the School for American Research.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Leslie C. Aiello and James F. Brooks , Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form: Wenner-Gren Symposium Supplement 3

 Marina Welker, Damani J. Partridge, and Rebecca Hardin,  Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Social Life of the Corporate Form: An Introduction to Supplement 3

Jane I. Guyer,  Blueprints, Judgment, and Perseverance in a Corporate Context
with CA✩ comment by Melissa Cefkin

Catherine Coumans,  Occupying Spaces Created by Conflict: Anthropologists, Development NGOs, Responsible Investment, and Mining
with CA✩ comment by Stuart Kirsch

S. Lochlann Jain,  Survival Odds: Mortality in Corporate Time
with CA✩ comment by Jane E. Lynch

Marina Welker and