An Alternative Agricultural Space in an Indigenous Community: Kalala, Taiwan

  • Chiung-Wen ChangEmail author
Part of the Perspectives on Geographical Marginality book series (PGEO, volume 4)


Indigenous regions in Taiwan are marginal to the mainstream vision in both social and economic senses. Although it is acknowledged that organic agriculture benefits those marginal areas in terms of land ethics and economy, a market-orientation of organic agriculture tends to lead to lots of limitations for indigenous farmers from a political economic point of view. This chapter is to explore a dynamic development of organic agriculture in an aging community, Kalala, which is located in a less developed region of Taiwan. Attention is paid to inhabitants’ endeavor to relocate the agricultural practice in wisdom of traditional knowledge and solidity of collective action. Instead of pursuing a dominant representation of market-based economic progress, their local engagement carries out a self-cultivating process of economic subjectivity to do with their status of marginality.


Economic subjectivation Organic agriculture Cooperative farm Alternative food systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan

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