The making of market boundaries against climatic risk among watermelon cultivators in the Russian Far East

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Abstract

This article presents an ethnographic study of watermelon cultivators in the Russian Far East and how they approach and respond to climatic risk. For watermelon cultivators, the spatial boundaries of climatic risk are perceived as the baseline condition for the watermelon market, in which cultivators compete with each other by dealing with uncertainties caused by weather changes. While the market is linked to the spatial boundaries of climatic risk, this connection is only meaningful when there are weather changes that differently affect individuals within the boundary; weather changes that affect individual performance in the competitive watermelon market is perceived according to a recursive and cyclic timescale, rather than a linear one as discussed by most theories of the Anthropocene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-327
Number of pages13
JournalNature and Culture
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Eurasia
  • Market price
  • Planetary boundary
  • Risk in cultivation
  • Russian Far East
  • Weather in timescale

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