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Book: Fabricating Authenticity

Chapter: Just in It for a Paycheck?: On Philanthrocapitalism, Petro-States and Paid Protesters

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40279


Swain furthers Newton’s argument from musicians to anti-extractive industry movements to consider how concepts like philanthrocapitalism, petro-states, and paid protesters help to make visible the material realities that underlie authenticity discourses. Contending that philanthrocapitalism creates a socially stratified society, Swain argues that within a petro-state, society relies on the profits generated by corporations and shows hows these same corporations, lobbyists, and media deploy the rhetoric of “paid protestors” to challenge the authenticity of the motivations of people who challenge extractive industries and related investments.

Chapter Contributors

  • Stacie Swain ( - sswain) 'University of Victoria'