The Hawai'ian Sugar Planters' Association and the Herbert River Farmers' Association: regional articulations of agricultural associations on the periphery

Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka (2020) The Hawai'ian Sugar Planters' Association and the Herbert River Farmers' Association: regional articulations of agricultural associations on the periphery. International Journal of Regional and Local History, 15 (2). pp. 111-130.

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Abstract

In the nineteenth century the stereotypical association representing sugarcane growers was a planters’ association, the epitome of which, was the Hawai’ian Sugar Planters’ Association. The Herbert River Farmers’ Association, formed by a group of small farmers in the tropical north of Australia, was the antithesis. This is because they represented two distinct modes of agricultural production, the plantation and the small farm. Both inherited their associative traditions from the British Isles. Much of agricultural association scholarship has had a tendency to focus on associations formed by the elite and studies of regional and local small agricultural associations are scattered and uncoordinated. Drawing upon the Hawai’ian and Australian sugarcane industries this article explores the differing modes of production adopted in each to explain why their agricultural associations took different paths. Hawai’i and north Queensland offer a unique context for a comparative examination of associational behaviour on the colonial periphery.

Item ID: 64910
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1750-0478
Keywords: Sugar, tropical agriculture, plantation, vertical integration, small farmer, central mill, association, rural representation
Copyright Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 04:15
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 25%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430315 History of the pacific @ 25%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441003 Rural sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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