Beating the odds: The quest for justice by South African asbestos mining communities

McCulloch, J 2005, 'Beating the odds: The quest for justice by South African asbestos mining communities', Review of African Political Economy, vol. 32, no. 103, pp. 63-77.


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Title Beating the odds: The quest for justice by South African asbestos mining communities
Author(s) McCulloch, J
Year 2005
Journal name Review of African Political Economy
Volume number 32
Issue number 103
Start page 63
End page 77
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In March 2003 a small community group, 'The Concerned People Against Asbestos (CPA)' based at Prieska in the Northern Cape, won a court case in a foreign country. That case may change the way in which multinational corporations behave in the developing world. Until now the hidden costs of mining in Southern Africa have been paid for by labour. The CPA's victory may also help to end that injustice. It is usual to depict communities like Prieska as dis-empowered and impoverished. Despite its lack of resources the CPA was able to synchronise an elaborate game of small and big politics. The group's victory suggests that such communities have levels of political and organisation skill which given the right alignments can be irresistible.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/03056240500121057
ISSN 0305-6244
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