By Stefan Ouma
Assembling Export Markets explores the hot frontierregions of the worldwide clean produce industry that has emergedin Ghana during the last decade. * Represents an incredible and empirically wealthy contribution to theemerging box of the social reports of economization andmarketization * bargains one of many first ethnographic debts at the making ofglobal commodity chains from less than * Denaturalizes worldwide markets via unpacking their localengagement, materially entangled development, want formaintenance, and fragile personality * deals a trans-disciplinary engagement with the constructionand extension of industry family members in frontier areas of globalcapitalism * seriously examines the possibilities and dangers for corporations andfarms in Ghana coming into international clean produce markets
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Certain domains, objects, relations, rationalities, or practices only become problems at particular historical conjunctures, and these are usually followed by (not necessarily successful) interventions that aim at solving them in particular ways. Export‐oriented marketization is no different. ). The term I propose here is neither synonymous with the notion of “frontier” often advanced in critical agrarian political economy (Amanor 1994: 24–26; Watts 1994: 71; Agergard et al. 2010), as it does not assume the expansion of a universal and essential form of “capitalism” into spaces which had previously been dominated by other modes of production, for instance, subsistence agriculture.
Instead, it has been the product of a circular and reflexive process that interweaved sensitizing concepts, empirical research, “data” analysis, reading, and writing. It is a “vocabulary” (Geertz 1973: 73) – though not a final or substantivist one – through which the praxis of global market connections can be expressed. 3 Although this approach was initially developed for the social study of science and technology (SSST) (Callon & Latour 1981; Callon 1986; Latour 1986; Law 1986, 1992), why not extend it to the study of markets?
The performation of markets is about articulating a tangle ensemble of “lines of visibility and enunciation, lines of force, lines of subjectification, lines of splitting, breakage, fracture, all of which criss‐cross and mingle together, some lines reproducing or giving rise to others” (Deleuze 1992: 162). Performing the economy cannot be merely reduced to the smooth enactment of economic statements, including the anthropological program of the homo oeconomicus; it is instead an action, a material operation, and it is often frictional and contested (MacKenzie et al.