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Goodhand, Jonathan, Ballvé, Teo and Meehan, Patrick (2023) 'Drugs, frontier capitalism and illicit peasantries: towards a comparative research agenda.' Journal of Peasant Studies. pp. 1-25. (Forthcoming)

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A defining character of drugs-affected frontier regions is their dynamic instability and their boom-and-bust cycles. These are violent and disturbed landscapes, in which illicit drug economies play a transformative role. But not all frontiers are the same, and nor are the ‘illicit peasantries’ who inhabit the ‘narco-frontier’. In this article we explore the complex dialectical relations between frontiers, drug economies, illicit peasantries and peasant politics. In doing so we develop a new comparative framework, that provides a heuristic for studying the commonalities and differences across narco-frontiers and the mechanisms behind these differences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Illicit peasantries, narco-frontiers, frontier capitalism, illicit drug economies
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 09:02
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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