Global labor value chains, commodification, and the socioecological structure of severe exploitation. A case studyof the Thai seafood sector

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T1 - Global labor value chains, commodification, and the socioecological structure of severe exploitation.

T2 - A case studyof the Thai seafood sector

AU - Clark, Timothy

AU - Longo, Stefano

PY - 2021/5/7

Y1 - 2021/5/7

N2 - We utilize perspectives in environmental sociology and politicaleconomy to examine relationships between human exploitationand ecological degradation. Specifically, we apply global laborvalue chains and the tragedy of the commodity to analyze severelabor exploitation in Thai capturefisheries. Our analysis suggeststhat severe labor exploitation has played a significant role inlowering the market value of the Thai seafood sector as anadaptation to a competitive marketplace driven by increasingcommodification and a stressed marine ecosystem. Regardingecologies, we detail how the degradation of marine ecosystemsin the region stimulated increased demand for severe laborexploitation.

AB - We utilize perspectives in environmental sociology and politicaleconomy to examine relationships between human exploitationand ecological degradation. Specifically, we apply global laborvalue chains and the tragedy of the commodity to analyze severelabor exploitation in Thai capturefisheries. Our analysis suggeststhat severe labor exploitation has played a significant role inlowering the market value of the Thai seafood sector as anadaptation to a competitive marketplace driven by increasingcommodification and a stressed marine ecosystem. Regardingecologies, we detail how the degradation of marine ecosystemsin the region stimulated increased demand for severe laborexploitation.

KW - Food systems

KW - workers

KW - environmental injustice

KW - fisheries

KW - marine ecology

U2 - 10.1080/03066150.2021.1890041

DO - 10.1080/03066150.2021.1890041

M3 - Article

JO - Journal of Peasant Studies

JF - Journal of Peasant Studies

SN - 0306-6150

ER -