Land

AQs Shorts: Shapan Adnan

February 24, 2022

Our new AQs Shorts features Shapan Adnan. He speaks about the impact of state violence against Rohingyas on the dynamics of agrarian change in Myanmar as well as its implication for our understanding of dispossession, primitive accumulation and the agrarian question of labour. As part of this, he also reflects on the survival strategies of…

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Contract farming in the developing world: a political economy approach

January 10, 2022

A new special issue in the Journal of Agrarian Change (Vol. 22, Issue 1) takes stock of critical developments in the political economy of contract farming.

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‘Finance going farming’: A review essay

October 23, 2021

In recent years, land has once again received a great deal of attention in critical agrarian studies. The most recent ‘land rush’, which began in 2008, has forced issues surrounding land to centre stage, not only in the Global South but also in the Global North.

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Who is a farmer in India?

June 30, 2021

SEJUTI DAS GUPTA AND ISHITA MEHROTRA The farmers’ protests in India since November 2020 has resurrected the question ‘who is a farmer?’, and with it, the agrarian political economy exercise of identifying rural classes and examining their nature. In classical agrarian political economy scholarship in India, the capitalist classes or the rural rich are variously…

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Book Review: Penelope Anthias’ Limits to Decolonization

May 25, 2021

ENRIQUE CASTAÑÓN BALLIVIÁN   Limits to Decolonization is a rich ethnographic account of an indigenous struggle for territorial recognition in a context of intensifying extractivism. It traces the historical demand of Guaraní communities to regain control of their ancestral territory in the Bolivian Chaco where most of the country’s gas extraction takes place. While the…

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‘Problems in the Empirical Analysis of Agrarian Differentiation Processes’: A Reflection

May 30, 2020

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…

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Covid-19. Crisis, Agrarian Issues, Rural Livelihoods: An Agrarian Questions Resource

April 22, 2020
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Gendering Peasant Household Surveys: Who to interview?

February 11, 2020

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…

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Book Review of Yi Wu’s Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China

December 15, 2019

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,…

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The Bernstein & Byres Prize in Agrarian Change for 2018

June 3, 2019

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…

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