Entanglements of Firm Size and Country of Origin with Mining Company Reputational Risk in Guatemala

Michael L. Dougherty Illinois State University


This paper focuses on the firm. Much of the literature around mining conflicts in Latin America takes the host community as the locus of attention and frames these conflicts around themes of resistance (Gustafson and Guzman 2016). But resistance to what? Such a focus leads to a tendency to overlook and under-theorise company behaviour (Ballard and Banks 2003, Franks et al. 2014). Further, much of the scant literature that does focus on the firm does so at the level of the industry or the value chain rather than within these landscapes of conflict around mine sites (e.g., Bridge 2008, Humphreys 2015).

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