SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Fares, Tomaz Mefano (2022) 'Food security and power struggle in the Chinese 'battle of the beans'.' Journal of Peasant Studies. pp. 1-26. (Forthcoming)

[img]
Preview
Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Download (4MB) | Preview

Abstract

The mid-2000s foreign headway over China’s soybean downstream complex, known as the battle of the beans, reinforced an uncritical nationalist discourse over food security based on a Sino-foreign dichotomy. This article demonstrates through an empirically rich analysis based on four crucial Chinese SOEs that such a discourse ignores diverging capitalist accumulation strategies as two SOEs (COFCO and Chinatex) took advantage of global soybean price fluctuations to grow in association with foreign agribusiness. Instead, I suggest that food security reflects dynamic state-capital relations in China evidenced by the political reaction of two state-owned competitors (Jiusan and Sinograin), endorsing its nationalist appeal.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: China, food security, battle of the beans, soybean downstream complex, capitalist accumulation strategies, state-capital relations
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2022.2054701
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 09:24
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37290

Altmetric Data

Statistics

Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
2Downloads
6 month trend
8Hits
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item