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Flying bananas: small producer tactics and the (un)making of Philippine banana export chains
- Thiers, Robin
- TheJournal of peasant studies 2019 v.46 no.2 pp. 337-357
- bananas, capital, exports, governance, growers, labor, small farms, supply chain, Philippines
- 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.