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Struggles for autonomy from and within the market of southeast Mexico's small coffee producers
- Henderson, Thomas Paul
- TheJournal of peasant studies 2019 v.46 no.2 pp. 400-423
- commodity markets, exports, livelihood, prices, reproduction, Mexico
- This contribution examines the historically shifting reproduction strategies of southeast Mexico's small coffee producers through the lens of autonomy. It argues that producers attempt to create and occupy spaces of relative autonomy from commodity and labour markets while also struggling to exert a degree of control over their commodity market integration – termed here ‘autonomy within the market’. Recent developments in Mexico's coffee sector – falling real prices for certified coffee, an emerging quality programme led by transnational export firms, and devastating crop disease – are transforming coffee growing regions, threatening producer livelihoods and driving diverse reconfigurations of autonomous struggles.