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Thomson, Frances, Meehan, Patrick and Goodhand, Jonathan (2024) 'The political economy of illicit drug crops: forum introduction.' Journal of Peasant Studies, 51 (4). pp. 763-800.

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This article and the forum it introduces examine illicit drug crop (IDC) economies from agrarian perspectives. Examining IDCs as a group implies analysing how prohibition distinguishes them from other (licit) crops. We identify seven mechanisms through which prohibition shapes the agrarian political economy of IDCs and explore how these mechanisms and their effects generate distinctive patterns of development and political action amongst ‘illicit peasantries’. We also examine connections between illicit and licit crops, including how licit crop crises and illicit crop booms intertwine. We argue that IDC economies provide a bulwark for smallholders but are by no means peasant idylls.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Illicit economies; drug crops;coca/cocaine; opium;cannabis; counternarcotics
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2024 08:34
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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