Editor: Ullrich Kockel, Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Volume 25 / 2016, 2 Issues per volume (spring, autumn)
Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies
ANNOUNCEMENT: Editorship and Changes to Editorial Team
Clutching the Ladder of Development: European Sugar Reform in Poland
In the last two decades, privatisation has been slowly progressing in Poland. I examine the case of beet-sugar factories in western Poland, which were privatised between 1995 and 2003. As this process was coming to an end, reform for the European Common Agricultural Policy was implemented and, after Poland joined the European Union, the European sugar market reform started to take shape as a result of a global trade dispute on subsidised sugar prices. I recount the story of sugar factory privatisation and multiple reform processes from the viewpoint of sugar beet farmers, factory managers, and local rural experts from the province of Wielkopolska in western Poland. These accounts will show how sugar market reforms affected the aftermath of privatisation and factory close-downs, and how these experiences have prompted local people to think of being Polish within Europe, but reluctantly European within a global framework of sugar trade.