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Title:Myths of Globalisation: Private Regulation and Farm Worker Livelihoods on Western Cape Farms
Authors:Du Toit, Andries
Ewert, Joachim W.
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:agricultural workers
global economy
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Labor and Employment
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Abstract:The authors examine private regulation and farm worker livelihoods in the Western Cape agrifood, particularly wine, sector. They voice their discomfort with the popularity of the idea that opening up agriculture in South Africa to 'globalization' will facilitate equitable social change in the export-oriented commercial farmlands. In particular, the authors question the influence of these ideas in the development of arguments about private sector reregulation. They argue that these proposals are flawed by a na´ve and inadequate understanding of the nature and implications of global agrifood restructuring, and an underestimation of the complex and dynamic nature of change on the farmed landscapes of the Western Cape. Rather than the 'culture of compliance' mooted by proponents of private sector reregulation, the prospects of adequate and sustainable livelihoods for farm workers are better served by policies rooted in a better understanding of the social dynamics of change on the farm - and by a broader politics of contestation. Bibliogr., note. [ASC Leiden abstract]