This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.
The contact information may no longer be valid.
Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00pm
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Katie Rainwater, PhD Candidate, Development Sociology, Cornell University
Thailand’s Rural Proletariat: Rethinking Power Relations Through Focus on the Farmed Shrimp Sector
Six years after the EMS disease first infected Thai shrimp, the number of farmers in Thailand’s shrimp sector has been reduced to just 7,000 from 25,000. This decline is likely permanent because small-scale Thai farmers are increasingly unable to compete with capital-intensive farms in Thailand and small-scale farmers in less developed Asian economies. The plight of small-scale shrimp farmers is used as a lens to consider the relationship of rural Thai people with Thai agribusiness and the Thai state. My findings complicate both the thesis that Thai farmers are a proletariat exploited by upstream capital and the thesis that rural Thais are peasants whose political consciousness centers on winning subsidies from the state.
Lunch will be provided.