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Dinah Rajak | Engaging Resources
New Anthropological Perspectives on Natural Resource Environments

Dinah Rajak

Lecturer in Social Development
Department of Anthropology
University of Sussex
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Dinah Rajak is a lecturer in social anthropology. She holds a BA in Classics from Oxford University (Somerville College 1996-2000), a Masters in the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (2000-2001), and a DPhil in Social Anthropology (2003-7) from the University of Sussex. Between 2001 and 2003 she worked as a research fellow for a DFID-funded project concerned with rural livelihoods and aquaculture in South and South East Asia.

Research Interests
Dinah’s research interests lie at the intersection of the anthropology of development and global capitalisms, and in the relationship between the state, business and civil society in the process of development. In particular, her research concerns the relationship between neoliberal constructions of ‘the market’ and discourses of morality, corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropy, and the ‘corporate gift’. Her research focuses on the extractive industries, involving a multi-sited ethnographic study of a transnational mining corporation, tracking the practice of corporate social responsibility, from the company’s global headquarters in London, to the platinum mining belt of South Africa.

Other areas of interest include:
Discourses of economic empowerment, enterprise and entrepreneurialism in South Africa; The role of big business in HIV/Aids management, corporate care programmes and the political economy of antiretroviral treatment in the workplace with a focus on the South African mining industry.

Selected Publications

2011 In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility Stanford University Press.
2011 Introduction: Reigning Responsibilities: Ethnographies of Corporate Ethicizing (with Dolan, Catherine)
in Focaal, Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology Volume 60
2011 Theatres of Virtue: Collaboration, Consensus and the Social Life of Corporate Social Responsibility in
Focaal Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology Volume 60
2011 From Boardrooms to Mineshafts: In Pursuit of Global Corporate Citizenship in Multi-Sited Ethnography
Problems and Possibilities in the Translocation of Research Methods London: Routledge
2011 Parochial Cosmopolitanism and the Power of Nostalgia (with Stirrat, Roderick, Prof) Mosse, D., ed.,
in Adventures in Aidland: The Anthropology of Expertise and Professionals in Development. Oxford:
Berghahn Books
2010 'HIV/AIDS is our business': the moral economy of treatment in a transnational mining company in
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Volume 16 pp. 551-571
2010 Ethnographies of Extraction: Anthropology, corporate social responsibility and the resource curse in
Suomen Anthropologi, Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society Volume 35 pp. 91-93
2009 'I am the Conscience of the Company': Responsibility and the Gift in a Transnational Mining Corporation
K. Browne, L. Milgram, ed., in Economics and Morality: Anthropological Approaches Lanham:
AltaMira Press pp. 211-233 ISBN 9780759112018
2009 The Romance of the Field? (with Stirrat, Roderick, Prof) Seneviratne, H. L., ed., in The
Anthropologist and the Native Societa Editrice Fiorentina ISBN 9788860321152
2008 'Uplift and empower': The market, morality and corporate responsibility on South Africa's platinum belt
in Research in Economic Anthropology Volume 28 pp. 297-324