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Thomson, Frances (2023) 'Escaping capitalist market imperatives: commercial coca cultivation in the Colombian Amazon.' Journal of Peasant Studies. pp. 1-35. (Forthcoming)

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The illicit coca economy has become a bulwark for smallholder farming in Colombia. This article helps explain why. Analysis of the social relations surrounding coca production in one of the country’s most important coca-producing municipalities shows that capitalist market imperatives are weak within this economy. Pressures to increase productivity are muted by fluid access to land, non-interest-bearing debts, and the lack of price competition between producers. Coca-growers are ‘improving’ production, but they mostly respond to opportunities rather than imperatives. In the context of multiple agrarian crises, the coca economy allows even less well-off producers to survive.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: coca, Colombia, market imperatives, access to land, credit & debt, exchange relations, production practices, productivity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 08:12
Funders: Other, Economic and Social Research Council, Other

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