224 pages | 32 B/W Illus.
This book analyses the political and economic causes, mechanisms and impacts of the industrial tree plantation boom in China.
In the past two decades, the industrial tree plantation sector has been expanding rapidly in China, especially in Guangxi Province. Based on extensive primary data, this book concentrates on the political economy of the sector’s expansion with a focus on the recent and dramatic agrarian transformation involving the land-labour nexus, the impact on villagers’ livelihoods, the role of the state, and political reactions from below. The book questions the stereotypical portrayal of local communities as the excluded villager. Instead, it demonstrates that this is a much more complex issue with varying levels of passive and active forms of inclusion and exclusion within local communities. While most literature focuses on crop booms for food and biofuel production the industrial plantation sector has largely been overlooked, despite it being one of the biggest sectors in the current rush for land. Filling this lacuna, this book also reveals that while China has traditionally been painted as a major land grabber and consumer of crop booms it is also a destination of foreign investment. In doing so the book highlights how large-scale foreign land deals can also take place in traditional ‘grabber’ countries like China which feeds into the wider debates about global land politics and resource grabbing.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of land grabbing, rural development and agrarian transformations, as well as Chinese development.
Chapter 1: Rethinking the industrial tree plantation sector in Southern China
Chapter 2: The rise of the ITP sector in Southern China
Chapter 3: The role of the state in the expansion of the ITP sector in China
Chapter 4: Foreign investments and their land access in the Industrial Tree Plantation Sector
Chapter 5: Changes in villagers’ livelihoods in Southern China within the rise of ITP sector
Chapter 6: The politics of inclusion and exclusion in the emerging industrial tree plantation sector in China
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Natural resource grabbing has become an increasingly prominent topic in academic circles, among development practitioners and in policy arenas. This series aims to sustain this intellectual momentum by advancing methodological, theoretical and empirical insights. The series will present and discuss ‘resource grabbing’ research in a holistic manner by addressing how the rush for land and other natural resources (water, forests, minerals, etc.) is intertwined with agriculture, mining, tourism, energy, carbon markets, climate change, and disasters.
The series welcomes contributions from a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches, inclusive of both social and natural sciences, and on a global basis. It includes research monographs, textbooks and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).