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Shell vs Friends of the Earth – A Global Dialectic of Oil Spills

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The paper compares the social and environmental disclosures of Royal/Dutch Shell (sustainability reports) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) International counter account - The Other Shell Report around the common phenomenon of oil spills in the Niger Delta as a form of multidimensional dialectic of conflictual spectacles in an era of global capitalism.

    The paper adopts Debord’s (1967; 1988) and the Situationists concept of the spectacle to compare meaning-making and ideology based on capital vs community.

    Social and environmental accounting whether from a corporate autobiographical perspective or biographical counter account framework is an example of an inter-spectacle or dialectic that has implications for revealing contests, contradictions and silences.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pupovac, S. & Moerman, L. (2017). Shell vs Friends of the Earth – A Global Dialectic of Oil Spills. 16th Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting (A-CSEAR) Conference

Abstract


  • The paper compares the social and environmental disclosures of Royal/Dutch Shell (sustainability reports) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) International counter account - The Other Shell Report around the common phenomenon of oil spills in the Niger Delta as a form of multidimensional dialectic of conflictual spectacles in an era of global capitalism.

    The paper adopts Debord’s (1967; 1988) and the Situationists concept of the spectacle to compare meaning-making and ideology based on capital vs community.

    Social and environmental accounting whether from a corporate autobiographical perspective or biographical counter account framework is an example of an inter-spectacle or dialectic that has implications for revealing contests, contradictions and silences.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Pupovac, S. & Moerman, L. (2017). Shell vs Friends of the Earth – A Global Dialectic of Oil Spills. 16th Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting (A-CSEAR) Conference