Globalization and its discontent: Coca-Cola in India – a study of civil society as a platform for political protest

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Funding source

Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 1800000 SEK


Trans-national corporations have during the last decade entered India and in many senses changed the terms for both workers and producers. This has resulted in protests against individual companies and against globalization as such, especially amongst NGOs within civil society. This project includes two case studies of campaigns against the Coca-Cola Company in India, which focuses on alleged environmental damages caused by the production of soft drinks. The first case is that of Mehdiganj in eastern Uttar Pradesh where production has continued despite a long campaign against the company, while the second case covers the events in Plachimada in northern Kerala, where popular protests resulted in the closure of the plant. How is civil society used as platform for political struggles against global economic interests? Why have some struggles been successful while others have failed?

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