Labour process and workers' bargaining power in export grape production, North East Brazil

Selwyn, B. (2007) Labour process and workers' bargaining power in export grape production, North East Brazil. Journal of Agrarian Change, 7, (4), 526-553. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-0366.2007.00155.x).


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This article uses the Global Commodity Chain (GCC) framework to investigate labour regimes in export grape production in the São Francisco (SF) valley, North East Brazil. A combination of strict northern retailer requirements and producers’ ability to target export windows leads to an increasingly complex labour process. Whilst much GCC literature focusing on export agriculture concludes that labour is relatively powerless, this article presents a rather different case. The need to upgrade production continually in response to retailers’ demands gives workers strategic leverage which, together with a strong and continuing tradition of rural trade union organization, means that they have been able to extract significant concessions from exporting farms.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1471-0366.2007.00155.x
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ISSNs: 1471-0358 (print)
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Keywords: agricultural labour, global commodity chains, grape production, north east brazil
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 47489
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2007Published
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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