The JAC Blog hosts posts on agrarian and rural issues, both contemporary and historical.
It covers book reviews, photo essays, research essays and field notes. We welcome blog submissions.
ORLANDA RUTHVEN Editors’ Note: In one of the most brutal lockdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, India witnessed the haunting spectre of scores of migrant workers walking back to their villages hundreds of kilometres away along highways and railway lines. A critical agrarian political economy lens must recognize the multitude of ways in which…Read More
BEN WHITE The ideas in this book chapter published in 1989 began to form themselves in the 1970s. Under the guidance of cultural materialist Marvin Harris, I had written a mainly quantitative dissertation based on detailed time-budget analysis of small-peasant and landless households in a Javanese village. From 1975 to 1980, I was back…Read More
ERIC MIELANTS This is an interesting book which focuses on an old but very important topic: the origins of capitalism.Read More
CARMEN DIANA DEERE The use of household surveys to analyse the economic activities of peasants has become much more commonplace since Alain de Janvry and I published ‘A Conceptual Framework for the Empirical Analysis of Peasants’ in 1979. However, an issue that has received insufficient attention until recently is that of who should be…Read More
BENJAMIN SELWYN The rise of veganism represents a step change for campaigners who have long sought to highlight links between the food we eat and the fate of the world’s environment. Headlines such as ‘Avoiding meat and dairy is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth’ point to the immensely damaging impacts…Read More
XU SIYUAN Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, village, family, by Yi Wu. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. 2018. Pp. xiii+282. $ 80 (hb); $28 (pb). ISBN-13: 9780824846770 and 9780824876807 This is an excerpt of the review of the book. Read the complete review here. In Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China,…Read More
Bridget O’Laughlin is among the leading Marxist intellectuals and anthropologists of our times and a major contributor to the field of agrarian political economy. With a life and scholarship spanning three continents (North America, Africa and Europe), Bridget’s oeuvre is not just varied in terms of the subjects and regions covered but also analytically and…Read More
The editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change are pleased to present an interview with Henry Bernstein by Subir Sinha. Henry Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London and one of the founding editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change. Subir Sinha is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development…Read More
LIAM CAMPLING, CRISTÓBAL KAY, JENS LERCHE, BRIDGET O’LAUGHLIN, CARLOS OYA We are pleased to announce that Enric Tello, Gabriel Jover, Ivan Murray, Onofre Fullana and Ricard Soto have been awarded the 2018 Bernstein & Byres Prize for their article ‘From feudal colonization to agrarian capitalism in Mallorca: Peasant endurance under the rise and fall…Read More
This space on our website is intended to be a place where researchers in and around the Marxist tradition can critically discuss problematic issues in methodology and research methods. We are good in critique of dominant paradigms and misleading concepts, but how do we get beyond critique to substantive research that addresses politically relevant issues?…Read More
This post is written by Sara Stevano who is Lecturer in Economics at UWE, Bristol. When I began my research in Mozambique, in August 2011, I wanted to understand women’s participation in remunerated work.Read More
The ‘Bernstein & Byres Prize’ has been awarded since 2008 by the Journal of Agrarian Change (JAC) to the best article published in that year.Read More