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Diamonds, Land Use and Indigenous Peoples: The Dilemmas of Public Participation and Multi-National Diamond Corporations

PAM, Vol. 15 No. 1, (2010)

Increasingly, non-governmental organizations, local indigenous groups and other interested stakeholders have tried to influence both multinational mining corporations and national governments in sharing information and decision-making authority over whether mine development, environmental and labor acquisition should proceed. Two case studies are examined to highlight the challenges of incorporating participatory strategies in addressing these issues. It will be argued that often these participatory approaches—often clothed in normative and pragmatic clothing—only obscure the inherent nature of power relations and political underpinnings of injustices.

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