Geography Department Discoveries Speaker Series presents Terah Sportel

17 October 2013 - 17 October 2013
14:30 PM
Abbotsford Campus


Geography Department Discoveries Speaker Series presents Terah Sportel

Geography Department Discoveries Speaker Series presents:

Terah Sportel, PhD (Guelph)
Geography, UFV

Thurs, Oct 17
2:30-3:30 pm
Abby A413 (Abbotsford campus)

Agency within a socially regulated labour market: a study of ‘unorganized’ agricultural labour in Kerala

Kerala’s coconut economy has experienced market change post-agricultural liberalization.The government indicated these changes, including increasing imports of palm oil and new international trade agreements, have led to a crisis; an issue of considerable importance to the state economy and farmers’ livelihoods. More recent explanations include a labour shortage; particularly an inadequate supply of coconut pluckers.This simplistic view masks the complexity of local labour dynamics in an ‘unorganized’ labour market. A more nuanced understanding derived from 18 months of research, and attention to geographical, historical and political-economic processes, reveals that labour market organization varies regionally. Difficulties in the coconut economy are more adequately explained through regional socio-economic change, and the inability to sufficiently control labour.



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