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Flying bananas : small producer tactics and the (un)making of Philippine banana export chains

Robin Thiers (UGent)
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Global production network (GPN) analysts argue that workers actively contribute to the shaping of GPNs through different forms of agency. In this contribution I extend this argument to the tactical agency of small producers. By focusing on the phenomenon of side-selling among Filipino banana contract farmers, I show that these tactics have contributed to the emergence of alternative trade networks that undermined traditional lead firm behaviour and inspired new struggles over chain governance. However, as a diverse and ambiguous group of growers engages in this tactical agency, predominantly as small capital, they also contribute to the continuation of broader dynamics of capital accumulation and labour exploitation.
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global production networks, tactics, everyday resistance, small producers, production regime, contract farming

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Thiers, Robin. 2018. “Flying Bananas : Small Producer Tactics and the (un)making of Philippine Banana Export Chains.” Journal of Peasant Studies.
APA
Thiers, R. (2018). Flying bananas : small producer tactics and the (un)making of Philippine banana export chains. JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES.
Vancouver
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Thiers R. Flying bananas : small producer tactics and the (un)making of Philippine banana export chains. JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES. 2018;
MLA
Thiers, Robin. “Flying Bananas : Small Producer Tactics and the (un)making of Philippine Banana Export Chains.” JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Global production network (GPN) analysts argue that workers actively contribute to the shaping of GPNs through different forms of agency. In this contribution I extend this argument to the tactical agency of small producers. By focusing on the phenomenon of side-selling among Filipino banana contract farmers, I show that these tactics have contributed to the emergence of alternative trade networks that undermined traditional lead firm behaviour and inspired new struggles over chain governance. However, as a diverse and ambiguous group of growers engages in this tactical agency, predominantly as small capital, they also contribute to the continuation of broader dynamics of capital accumulation and labour exploitation.},
  author       = {Thiers, Robin},
  issn         = {0306-6150},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES},
  keyword      = {global production networks,tactics,everyday resistance,small producers,production regime,contract farming},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Flying bananas : small producer tactics and the (un)making of Philippine banana export chains},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2017.1376659},
  year         = {2018},
}

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