Type de publication:Articles
Source:Economy and Society, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), p.1-28 (2021)
Mots-clés:anticipation, controversies, financial investment, mining exploration, promise engineering, responsibility, speculation
This paper analyses promises made by companies to various publics, including global investors, national public administrative bodies, and local populations. We speak of 'promise engineering' to describe both the integration of the making of promises in mining exploration operations, and the attempted articulation of promises made to different publics with different concerns. We focus on the French 'mining revival', which prompted exploration projects that became controversial, and integrated a government-led approach meant to introduce an objective of 'responsibility' in mining operations. Mining junior companies attempted to make promises that were both technical and social, while responsibility proved consistent with the crucial role of financial investment. We show that promise engineering offers an analytical lens for studying anticipation practices in industrial projects and the opposition these projects face.
Humanities and Social Sciences/SociologyQuantitative Finance [q-fin]Journal articles