The Corporation III

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 30
Organizers: Benjamin Goldstein
Chairs: Joshua Newell


Paper Session: The Corporation III

Session Organizers: Benjamin Goldstein (chair), Sanaz Chamanara, and Joshua Newell

The Dutch East Indies Company. Standard Oil Company. General Motors. Google. Since the ‘long 16th century’, the corporation has made an indelible mark on the world. Once founded by kingdoms and courts, the world’s biggest corporations now dwarf many countries in terms of economic clout, personnel, and cultural influence (Goldstein and Newell, 2019). Channeling immense flows of people, information, capital, materials and energy around the planet, corporations sculpt material, cultural, socio-economic and mental landscapes (Dicken, 2011). A cobalt miner in the Congo, a smelter in Mongolia, a factory worker in Taiwan, a cellphone user in Frankfurt, and an e-waste recycler in Ghana are linked across time and space by the financial and material exchanges of companies large and small. Through capital accumulation, corporations drive uneven development (Smith, 2008). Despite their salience to understanding the environmental and social dimensions of the contemporary economy, corporations are seldom ‘first-class’ subjects in the academy (Goldstein and Newell, 2019).
This objective of this session is to delve into the anatomy that is the corporation.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Joshua Newell University of Michigan 15 4:40 PM
Presenter Sanaz Chamanara*, University of Michigan, Benjamin Goldstein , University of Michigan, Joshua P Newell, University of Michigan, Costco’s Supply Chain and Environmental Justice in California 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Kimin Cho*, University of Michigan, Dimitrios Gounaridis*, University of Michigan, Joshua Newell*, University of Michigan, Deforestation associated with supply chains exporting avocados from Mexico to the United States 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Benjamin Goldstein*, University of Michigan, Joshua P Newell, University of Michigan, Kimin Cho, University of Michigan, Dimitrios Gounaridis, University of Michigan, Rubber & Risk: Deforestation related to the export of natural rubber from Sri Lanka 15 5:25 PM
Discussant John Bryson University of Birmingham 15 5:40 PM

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