Dissertation Abstracts

Social Movements and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of POSCO in Jagatsinghpur (2005 - 2012)

Author: Debabrata Baral, debabrata.baral@gmail.com
Department: Centre for the Study of Social System (Sociology)
University: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India
Supervisor: Maitrayee Chaudhuri
Year of completion: 2015
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Mining Sector , Local Resistance , Social and Environment Impact , Policy Review
Areas of Research: Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change , Social Indicators , Environment and Society


My Doctoral thesis is a case study of a local resistance which survived for a decade resisting the establishment of a Rs. 52,000 crore integrated steel project (i.e. POSCO a South Korean Company) in India. The main themes of the dissertation are the following. 1. To identify and outline the social indicators, situations and concerns which mobilised the local community for over a decade resisting land acquisition for the mining project. 2. To map the Socio -Economic- Environmental Impact of the proposed mining Industry. 3. To understand the role of Corporate Social Responsibility in addressing the issues and concerns of the local community and the way forward. 4. To evaluate the role of the administrative agencies and Government with reference to the Mining Industry and Local resistances. 5. To Identify the Governance Gaps. 6. To contribute to the policy debates in India by reviewing policies on Land acquisition Policy, Forest Rights, Rehabilitation and resettlemnet Acts etc with reference to the Mining Sector. 7. To outline the Governance Gaps and suggest ways in making the mining Industry more inclusive. The idea behind the dissertation is to suggest ways for making the mining sector in general more sustainable and Inclusive.