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Critical Agrarian Studies


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Critical Agrarian Studies is the new accompanying book series to the Journal of Peasant Studies. It publishes selected special issues of the journal and, occasionally, books that offer major contributions in the field of critical agrarian studies. The book series builds on the long and rich history of the journal and its former accompanying book series, the Library of Peasant Studies (1973-2008) which had published several important monographs and special-issues-as-books.

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Agrarian Marxism

Agrarian Marxism

1st Edition

Michael Levien, Michael Watts, Yan Hairong
April 02, 2019

This comprehensive volume advances heterodox reconstructions of agrarian Marxism on the occasion of Marx’s 200th birth anniversary. While Marxists have long criticized ‘populists’ for ignoring capitalism and class, populists have charged Marxists with historical determinism. This ongoing debate has...

Global Land Grabbing and Political Reactions 'from Below'

Global Land Grabbing and Political Reactions 'from Below'

1st Edition

Marc Edelman, Ruth Hall, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ian Scoones, Ben White, Wendy Wolford
February 14, 2019

When the 2007-2008 food and financial crises triggered a global wave of land grabbing, scholars, activists and policy practitioners assumed that this would be met with massive peasant resistance. As empirical evidence accumulated, however, it became clear that political reactions ‘from below’ to...

An Endogenous Theory of Property Rights

An Endogenous Theory of Property Rights

1st Edition

Peter Ho
February 14, 2019

From a neo-liberal, neo-classical paradigm, secure, formal and private property rights are crucial to fostering sustained development. Institutions that fail to respond to shifting socio-economic opportunities are thus forced to make new arrangements. The enigma is posed by developments on the...

Gender and Generation in Southeast Asian Agrarian Transformations

Gender and Generation in Southeast Asian Agrarian Transformations

1st Edition

Clara Mi Young Park, Ben White
June 13, 2018

The contributions to this collection focus on the intersecting dynamics of gender, generation and class in Southeast Asian rural communities engaging with expanding capitalist relations, whether in the form of large-scale corporate land acquisition or other forms of penetration of commodity economy...

De-centring Land Grabbing: Southeast Asia Perspectives on Agrarian-Environmental Transformations

De-centring Land Grabbing: Southeast Asia Perspectives on Agrarian-Environmental Transformations

1st Edition

Peter Vandergeest, Laura Schoenberger
April 24, 2018

Southeast Asia has been portrayed as a key site in the global land grab. Featuring leading scholars in the field, this collection critically examines the nature and extent of land grabbing in Southeast Asia, and seeks to locate this phenomena in broader agrarian and environmental transitions (AET)....

Soy, Globalization, and Environmental Politics in South America

Soy, Globalization, and Environmental Politics in South America

1st Edition

Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Susanna B. Hecht
October 24, 2017

Soy in South America constitutes one of the most spectacular booms of agro-industrial commodity production in the world. It is the pinnacle of modernist agro-industrial practices, serving as a key nexus in food–feed–fuel production that underpins the agribusiness–conservationist discourse of "land...

Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe

Outcomes of post-2000 Fast Track Land Reform in Zimbabwe

1st Edition

Lionel Cliffe, Jocelyn Alexander, Ben Cousins, Rudo Gaidzanwa
May 25, 2017

The struggle over land has been the central issue in Zimbabwe ever since white settlers began to carve out large farms over a century ago. Their monopolisation of the better-watered half of the land was the focus of the African war of liberation war, and was partially modified following...

New Directions in Agrarian Political Economy: Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 1

New Directions in Agrarian Political Economy: Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 1

1st Edition

Ryan Isakson
July 24, 2015

How relevant are the classic theories of agrarian change in the contemporary context? This volume explores this question by focusing upon the defining features of agrarian transformation in the 21st century: the financialization of food and agriculture, the blurring of rural and urban livelihoods...

Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty: Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 2

Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty: Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 2

1st Edition

Marc Edelman
July 24, 2015

This volume is a pioneering contribution to the study of food politics and critical agrarian studies, where food sovereignty has emerged as a pivotal concept over the past few decades, with a wide variety of social movements, on-the-ground experiments, and policy innovations flying under its broad...

Rural Politics in Contemporary China

Rural Politics in Contemporary China

1st Edition

Emily T. Yeh, Kevin J. O'Brien, Jingzhong Ye
June 11, 2015

This collection provides an overview of China’s rural politics, bringing scholarship on agrarian politics from various social science disciplines together in one place. The twelve contributions, spanning history, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, political science, and geography,...

Green Grabbing: A New Appropriation of Nature

Green Grabbing: A New Appropriation of Nature

1st Edition

James Fairhead, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones
April 27, 2015

Across the world, ecosystems are for sale. ‘Green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. A vigorous debate on ‘land grabbing’ already highlights instances where ‘green’ credentials are called...

New Frontiers of Land Control

New Frontiers of Land Control

1st Edition

Nancy Lee Peluso, Christian Lund
January 17, 2014

Questions about land control have invigorated thinkers in agrarian studies and economic history since the nineteenth century. ‘Exclusion’, ‘alienation’, ‘expropriation’, ‘dispossession’, and ‘violence’ animate histories of land use, property rights, and territories. More recently, agrarian...

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