Land grabbing and ‘political reactions from below’

The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) has released a special issue on ‘global land grabbing and political reactions from below’, guest edited by Marc Edelman, Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones, Ben White and Wendy Wolford. The collection is free access for a limited period.

View the issue (Taylor & Francis website)

The special issue demonstrates that political reactions ‘from below’ to global land grabbing have been vastly more varied and complex than is usually assumed. The special issue is a collection of ground-breaking studies that discuss responses that range from various types of organized and everyday resistance to demands for incorporation or for better terms of incorporation into land deals.

Initiatives ‘from below’ in response to land deals have involved local and transnational alliances and the use of legal and extra-legal methods, and have brought victories and defeats. It is one of the publications that came out of the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) conference held in Cornell University in October 2012.

Further reading

Please see also the first two installments of exploratory articles on ‘flex crops’.

(Re)visit the (still free access) special issue on food sovereignty (41.6) and another one on the financialization of agriculture/food (41.5) which includes an award-winning article by Madeleine Fairbairn:

Critical perspectives on food sovereignty, JPS 41(6)
Edited by: Edelman, Scott, Baviskar, Borras, Holt-Gimenez, Kandiyoti, Weis & Wolford

New directions in agrarian political economy, JPS 41(5)
Edited by: Fairbairn, Fox, Isakson, Levien, Peluso, Razavi, Scoones & Sivaramakrishnan