Corporate Social Responsibility in the Canadian Mining Sector: Ethics, Rhetoric, and the Economy

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Date created: 
2015-04-10
Identifier: 
etd8969
Keywords: 
Canadian government
Corporate social responsibility
Public policy communication
Mining
Rhetorical analysis
Abstract: 

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been promoted by the Government of Canada and Canadian mining companies as an appropriate model of self-regulation, accountability, and communication with the public since the launch of Canada’s 2009 CSR strategy for Canadian companies engaged in the international extractive sector. This thesis contextualizes CSR in the recent history of Canadian mining activity nationally and internationally, considering broad shifts in government communication and approaches to regulation. It applies a rhetorical analysis to CSR discourse, suggesting that Aristotle's categories of epideictic (celebratory) and deliberative rhetoric demonstrate how the strategic CSR communication of mining firms and government limits genuine debate and replaces it with a discourse prioritizing CSR's economic benefit over human rights, indigenous land rights, and labour and environmental concerns.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Alison Beale
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Communication, Art & Technology:
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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