The Agrarian Origins of Commerce and Industry: A Study of Peasant Marketing to Indonesia

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Indonesia has proved a fertile ground for peasant studies and produced paradigms in one epoch or another, such as Boeke's social dualism and Geertz's agricultural involution. This literature has created an image of peasants as always passive to market forces and having little capacity to organize modern commerce and industry. On the contrary the authors of this book demonstrate active participation and entrepreneurship on the part of the peasant population through their research into the marketing of peasants' ...
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Indonesia has proved a fertile ground for peasant studies and produced paradigms in one epoch or another, such as Boeke's social dualism and Geertz's agricultural involution. This literature has created an image of peasants as always passive to market forces and having little capacity to organize modern commerce and industry. On the contrary the authors of this book demonstrate active participation and entrepreneurship on the part of the peasant population through their research into the marketing of peasants' produce from rural villages to town markets in the upland areas of Indonesia. The peasant marketing system, consisting of a large number of petty traders and processors rooted in rural villages, works efficiently in economizing on the use of scarce capital and management inputs while making intensive use of local inputs, especially labour which has a low opportunity cost. Not only is the marketing system an effective support for farm production but it itself generates significant employment and income in the rural sector. The scene observed there is similar to the role played by peasant entrepreneurs who supported the modern developments of commerce and industry in Meiji Japan. It suggests a genuine possibility of rural-based economic development in the Third World and a model for post-socialist states on how to create and organize markets.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Peasant Economy and Peasant Marketing 1
1.1 Peasant marketing or agricultural marketing 2
1.2 Peasants and markets 3
1.3 Agenda of the peasant marketing study 13
1.4 From village to bazaar 16
1.5 Study periods and price levels 21
1.6 Plan of the book 21
2 A Prototype in Upland Java 23
2.1 Environment of upland Java 23
2.2 Organization of marketing 35
2.3 Trade practices and conflicts 45
2.4 Prices and marketing margins 52
2.5 Structure of processing industries 60
2.6 Income and employment generation 67
2.7 Summary 73
3 The Scene of a Transmigration Area in Sumatra 76
3.1 Environment of the transmigration area 77
3.2 Marketing organization in the transmigration area 87
3.3 Infrastructure and market competition 96
3.4 Prices and marketing margins 97
3.5 Summary 108
4 Marketing Innovation for Commercialized Production 111
4.1 Environment of a new product innovation 111
4.2 Two channels of vegetable marketing 122
4.3 The inter-village collector in interregional trade 125
4.4 Bazaar vendor in the local market 134
4.5 Prices and marketing margins 143
4.6 Rural income generation 152
4.7 Summary 161
5 From Peasant Marketing to Modern Commerce and Industry 165
5.1 The organization of peasant marketing 165
5.2 Policies for market development 169
5.3 Peasant entrepreneurs in modernization: Indonesia and Japan 171
Appendix A: Marketing Channels for Rice 174
Appendix B: Estimation of Credit Costs for Vegetable Producers under Alternative Credit Arrangements 176
Notes and References 180
Glossary 184
Bibliography 186
Name Index 192
Subject Index 194
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