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CSR as corporate social responsibility or colonial structures return?

Vertigans, Stephen

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Stephen Vertigans



Abstract

In this paper the impact of oil and gas companies in Nigeria is explored under the umbrella concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). At one level there is acknowledgement of greater emphasis on socially responsible policies. Nevertheless these are limited in scope and ambition and the energy sector continues to create social, environmental, cultural and political problems in the region. Focussing on the concept of CSR and lack of application should not however detract from the lack of engagement by the Nigerian government which has resulted in oil companies being held responsible for the failings of politicians. Instead the nature of the critique of the energy sector bears a striking resemblance to the demands against colonial rule. The crucial difference today though is that people are demanding greater control and regulation from the 'commercial colonialists' rather than less.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2011
Journal International journal of sociology and anthropology
Print ISSN 2006-988X
Publisher Academic Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 6
Pages 159-162
Institution Citation VERTIGANS, S. 2011. CSR as corporate social responsibility or colonial structures return? A Nigerian case study. International journal of sociology and anthropology [online], 3(6), pages 159-162. Available from: http://www.academicjour...le-abstract/67C611F2245
Keywords Colonialism; Corporate social responsibility; Energy; Oil; Transnational corporations (TNCs)
Publisher URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/67C611F2245

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