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Bringing Shell and Friends of the Earth on stage: A one-act spectacle of oil spills in the Niger Delta

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper explores the spectacle of oil spills in the Niger Delta as a controversial dialogue between Royal Dutch Shell plc and the civil-society organization Friends of the Earth International (FoE). Using the theater metaphor, we create a one-act play as a spectacular production of dialogic engagement between Shell's corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports and an FoE shadow account. The paper reveals CSR practices as a contemporary manifestation of a disclosure spectacle, and shadow accounts as resistance in the form of parody. The study contributes to the theorizing of spectacle and adds to the discussion of resistance as a political act.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Pupovac, S., & Moerman, L. (2020). Bringing Shell and Friends of the Earth on stage: A one-act spectacle of oil spills in the Niger Delta. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. doi:10.1016/j.cpa.2020.102264

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85097040816

Web Of Science Accession Number


Abstract


  • This paper explores the spectacle of oil spills in the Niger Delta as a controversial dialogue between Royal Dutch Shell plc and the civil-society organization Friends of the Earth International (FoE). Using the theater metaphor, we create a one-act play as a spectacular production of dialogic engagement between Shell's corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports and an FoE shadow account. The paper reveals CSR practices as a contemporary manifestation of a disclosure spectacle, and shadow accounts as resistance in the form of parody. The study contributes to the theorizing of spectacle and adds to the discussion of resistance as a political act.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Pupovac, S., & Moerman, L. (2020). Bringing Shell and Friends of the Earth on stage: A one-act spectacle of oil spills in the Niger Delta. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. doi:10.1016/j.cpa.2020.102264

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85097040816

Web Of Science Accession Number