Mob Justice and ‘The Civilized Commodity’

Neimark, Benjamin and Osterhoudt, Sarah and Blum, Lloyd and Healy, Tim (2021) Mob Justice and ‘The Civilized Commodity’. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 48 (4). pp. 734-753. ISSN 0306-6150

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Our theory of ‘the civilized commodity' examines ‘mob violence' affecting high-value commodities, including the vanilla boom of Madagascar. We illustrate producers' labor under fraught conditions of violence and contradictory claims of ‘street justice.' Specifically we ask, what counts as justice and to whom? We highlights broader arguments around ‘moral hyper-proximity' of producer-consumer relations, and the strategies of state and market actors to circulate ‘civilized' visions for systemic and future governance over commodity landscapes. State and market calls for ‘law and order,' however, obscure the structural inequities faced by smallholders in their ‘everyday’ production of commodities under periodic crisis.

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The Journal of Peasant Studies
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Peasant Studies on 10/12/2019, available online:
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?? madagascarpolitical ecologystate violencestreet justicecultural studiesanthropology ??
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