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Journal Article

Heirloom Rice in Ifugao: An ‘Anti-Commodity’ in the Process of Commodification

Published on 19 April 2017

We analyse the marketing of ‘heirloom rices’ produced in the Cordillera mountains of northern Luzon, the Philippines, as the commodification of a historical ‘anti-commodity’. We contend that, historically, rice was produced for social, cultural and spiritual purposes but not primarily for sale or trade.

The Ifugaos were able to sustain terraced wet-rice cultivation within a system of ‘escape agriculture’ because they were protected from Spanish interference by the friction of terrain and distance. ‘Heirloom rice’ is a boundary concept that enables social entrepreneurs to commodify traditional landraces. We analyse the implications for local rice production and conservation efforts.

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Dominic Glover

Research Fellow

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authors
Glover, G. and Stone, G.D.
journal
The Journal of Peasant Studies
doi
10.1080/03066150.2017.1284062

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