State policy

Land questions in the 21st Century Postcolony

November 8, 2020

M VIJAYABASKAR   Labour may have become less relevant to capital accumulation in the 21st century as scholars like Sanyal, Li and Ferguson suggest. The recent spate of literature on ‘land grabs’ has, however, made the role of land in capital accumulation much more visible now than it was in the latter half of the last…

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Book review of Pablo Lapegna’s Soybeans and Power

October 4, 2020

CARLA GRAS   In Soybeans and Power, Pablo Lapegna offers a thorough and challenging analysis of the contested terrain of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Argentina. Drawing upon long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the province of Formosa, in the North East of that country, he addresses key issues regarding the new landscapes produced by the expansion…

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Rule by Bosses? Criminal Political Economies in South Asia

July 19, 2020

MICHAEL LEVIEN   In the past few decades, the term “mafia” has gained widespread usage across South Asia, and particularly India and Pakistan where there are said to be a variety of sector-specific ones: “land mafia,” “sand mafia,” “coal mafia,” “timber mafia,” “water mafia,” “contractor mafia,” and so on. The sum total of these mafia…

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Lockdown Chronicle: The Story of a Migrant Workers’ Platform Across India’s Lockdown

July 9, 2020

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…

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

April 22, 2020
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Book Review of Xavier Lafrance & Charles Post’s Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism

February 27, 2020

ERIC MIELANTS   This is an interesting book which focuses on an old but very important topic: the origins of capitalism.

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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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Land reform in South Africa in 2018

December 3, 2018

BEN COUSINS Land reform has recently become an explosive political issue in South Africa. Progress in transforming racially unequal patterns of land ownership in rural and urban areas has been painfully slow since the transition to democracy in 1994.

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Book review of Nandini Sundar’s The Burning Forest

August 17, 2017

This post is written by Christian Lund who is Professor of Development, Resource Management, and Governance, at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, at Copenhagen University.

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Book Review of Bina Agarwal’s Gender Challenges

June 28, 2017

An activist scholar and former President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, Bina Agarwal is best known for her (1994) monumental A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia.

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