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Back to the Land “Peasant-entrepreneurs”: The New Actors of Chinese Peasant Agroecology

Jean Tassin
p. 19-28

Abstract

This paper analyses the framing processes at play in the re-definition of “peasant agroecology” in contemporary China. Based on the study of “new-farmers” who have emerged in the networks of organic peasant agriculture, it interrogates the ambiguities of food ethics as the cornerstone of alternative food markets. The research explores the emergence of “peasant-entrepreneurs” (1) through the transmission of values and skills in processes of cultural heritage enhancement, (2) through the establishment of “trust” in the market relationship, and (3) through the negotiation between producers and retailers in a quality market for singular goods.

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Editor's notes

Manuscript submitted on 16 September 2020. Accepted on 16 April 2021.

Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on June 2022.

Outline

Peasant farming movements and young entrepreneurs in contemporary China
Long Live Farmers: From Guangxi’s remote mountains to international food forums and back
From the uncultivated peasant to the peasant-entrepreneur
Trust relationships and economics of quality: Peasant support through “quality” markets
“New-farmers” as firm managers: A “quality” market that increases rural differentiation
Conclusion

First lines

Peasant farming movements and young entrepreneurs in contemporary China

Chun Ge and Ah Dai are looking at the valley. The Guangxi mountains are lost against the still black sky, and the two men grumble and resign themselves. It’s 4:30 in the morning, and as the shadow of the mountains does not lift from the horizon, the weather will once again be too wet for cane sugar extraction. It has rained all winter, so Chun Ge hasn’t been able to begin producing sugar, but during this week of January 2019 the farm will welcome a dozen young people from all over China to observe the process of making red sugar. In a word, in a gesture, Chun Ge gives orders anyway. He wants to demonstrate his work, even if this round of production may not be good to sell. Invited to help, I join them in cutting and crushing the canes and storing the bagasse in a dry place for the coming year. Last year’s bagasse is burned under the vats where the sugarcane juice starts to boil, becoming denser and denser until i...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Jean Tassin, « Back to the Land “Peasant-entrepreneurs”: The New Actors of Chinese Peasant Agroecology », China Perspectives, 2021/2 | 2021, 19-28.

Electronic reference

Jean Tassin, « Back to the Land “Peasant-entrepreneurs”: The New Actors of Chinese Peasant Agroecology », China Perspectives [Online], 2021/2 | 2021, Online since 01 June 2022, connection on 20 October 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/11648 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/chinaperspectives.11648

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About the author

Jean Tassin

Jean Tassin, sociologist, is a Ph.D. candidate for a joint Ph.D. at the ENS de Lyon (Triangle UMR 5206, 15 parvis Descartes, 69007 Lyon, France) and the ECNU (School of Social Development, Shanghai, China)(jean.tassin@ens-lyon.fr).

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