The materiality of the corporation: Oil, gas, and corporate social technologies in the remaking of a Russian region

by Douglas Rogers

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By Douglas Rogers In the Perm Region of Russia, recent social and cultural projects sponsored by energy companies prominently reference certain material qualities of oil and gas. The depth associated with the region's oil deposits is evoked in cultural heritage celebrations funded by Lukoil-Perm, and the connectivity associated with natural gas pipelines figures in PermRegionGaz's efforts to foster new patterns of sociability. Attending to the larger material and semiotic shifts in which these projects are embedded points to a significant dimension of contemporary hydrocarbon politics and to specific ways in which corporations attempt to transform critiques of their operations.

Arts and Crafts Fair Sponsored by Lukoil Perm, Russia. Photo by Douglas Rogers.
Arts and Crafts Fair Sponsored by Lukoil Perm, Russia. Photo by Douglas Rogers.

Headquarters of Lukoil Perm, Russia. Photo by Douglas Rogers.
Headquarters of Lukoil Perm, Russia. Photo by Douglas Rogers.
Billboard outside Lukoil-Perm’s main offices, Russia. The text reads, “Protecting Traditions—Lukoil Perm.” Photo by  Douglas Rogers.
Billboard outside Lukoil-Perm’s main offices, Russia. The text reads, “Protecting Traditions—Lukoil Perm.” Photo by Douglas Rogers.

See: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01364.x/abstract