How relevant are the classic theories of agrarian change in the contemporary context? This volume explores this question by focusing upon the defining features of agrarian transformation in the 21st century: the financialization of food and agriculture, the blurring of rural and urban livelihoods through migration and other economic activities, forest transition, climate change, rural indebtedness, the co-evolution of social policy and moral economies, and changing property relations. Combined, the eleven contributions to this collection provide a broad overview of agrarian studies over the past four decades and identify the contemporary frontiers of agrarian political economy. In this path-breaking collection, the authors show how new iterations of long evident processes continue to catch peasants and smallholders in the crosshairs of crises and how many manage to face these challenges, developing new sources and sites of livelihood production.
This volume was published as part one of the special double issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Peasant Studies.
1. Introduction: New directions in agrarian political economy Madeleine Fairbairn, Jonathan Fox, S. Ryan Isakson, Michael Levien, Nancy Peluso, Shahra Razavi, Ian Scoones and K. Sivaramakrishnan
2. Cause and response: vulnerability and climate in the Anthropocene Jesse Ribot
3. The problem of property in industrial fisheries Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice
4. The role of rural indebtedness in the evolution of capitalism Julien-François Gerber
5. Food and finance: the financial transformation of agro-food supply chains S. Ryan Isakson
6. ‘Like gold with yield’: evolving intersections between farmland and finance Madeleine Fairbairn
7. Financialization, distance and global food politics Jennifer Clapp
8. Moral economy in a global era: the politics of provisions during contemporary food price spikes Naomi Hossain and Devangana Kalita
9. The government of poverty and the arts of survival: mobile and recombinant strategies at the margins of the South African economy Andries du Toit and David Neves
10. Rural-urban migration in Vietnam and China: gendered householding, production of space and the state Minh T.N. Nguyen and Catherine Locke
11. Forests lost and found in tropical Latin America: the woodland ‘green revolution’ Susanna B. Hecht
Critical Agrarian Studies is the new accompanying book series to the Journal of Peasant Studies. It publishes selected special issues of the journal and, occasionally, books that offer major contributions in the field of critical agrarian studies. The book series builds on the long and rich history of the journal and its former accompanying book series, the Library of Peasant Studies (1973-2008) which had published several important monographs and special-issues-as-books.