Re-inventing dualism: Policy narratives and modes of oil palm expansion in Sarawak, Malaysia

Cramb, R. A. (2011) Re-inventing dualism: Policy narratives and modes of oil palm expansion in Sarawak, Malaysia. Journal of Development Studies, 47 2: 274-293. doi:10.1080/00220380903428381


Author Cramb, R. A.
Title Re-inventing dualism: Policy narratives and modes of oil palm expansion in Sarawak, Malaysia
Journal name Journal of Development Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0388
1743-9140
Publication date 2011-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00220380903428381
Volume 47
Issue 2
Start page 274
End page 293
Total pages 20
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The policy narrative underpinning the current rapid expansion of large-scale, private, oil palm plantations in Sarawak, Malaysia, implies a dualistic conception of the agrarian transformation underway, such as prevailed in the 1950s. This narrative is inconsistent with the history of smallholder commercialisation in Sarawak. Post-1981 policy has sought to limit smallholder development and deliver large land areas to private estates, thus ‘re-inventing’ a dualistic agrarian structure. Oil palm expansion in Sarawak has various potential pathways and is driven in its present direction, not by dualistic economics, but the exercise of state power to maximise opportunities for surplus extraction and political patronage.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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