1st Edition

New Frontiers of Land Control

Edited By Nancy Peluso, Christian Lund Copyright 2013
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Questions about land control have invigorated thinkers in agrarian studies and economic history since the nineteenth century. ‘Exclusion’, ‘alienation’, ‘expropriation’, ‘dispossession’, and ‘violence’ animate histories of land use, property rights, and territories. More recently, agrarian environments have been transformed by processes of de-agrarianization, urbanization, migration, and new forms of primitive accumulation. Even the classic agrarian question of how the social relations of agriculture will be influenced by capitalism has been reformulated at critical historical moments, reviving or producing new debates around the importance of land control.

    The authors in this volume focus on new frontiers of land control and their active creation. These frontiers are sites where established power relationships are challenged by new enclosures and property regimes, producing new social and environmental dynamics in their stead. Contributors examine labor and production processes engaged by new configurations of actors, new agrarian and environmental subjects and the networks connecting them, and new legal and violent means of challenging established or imminent land controls. Overall we find that land control still matters, though in changed degrees and manners. Land control will continue to inspire struggles for a long time.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

    1. Introduction: New frontiers of land control Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, USA and Christian Lund, Roskilde University, Denmark

    2. Conservation practice as primitive accumulation Alice B. Kelly, University of California, USA

    3. Redefining ‘state’ territorialization under neoliberalism: non-state influences in struggles over Madagascar’s forests Catherine Corson, Mount Holyoke College, USA

    4. Making spaces, making subjects: land, enclosure and holy war in colonial Malaya Amrita Malhi, The Australian National University, Australia

    5. Ceasefire capitalism: military-private partnerships, resource concessions, and military-state building in the Burma-China borderlands Kevin Woods, University of California, USA

    6. The rifle and the title: paramilitary violence, land grab and land control in Colombia Jacobo Grajales, Centre d’Études et Recherches Internationales, France

    7. Genocide survival as ethnic resurgence: the production of place and identity through Guatemala’s civil war Megan Ybarra, Willamette College, USA

    8. Emergent forest and private land regimes in Java Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, USA

    9. Land control, land grabs, and Southeast Asian crop booms Derek Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    10. Carbon forestry and agrarian change: access and land control in a Mexican rainforest Tracey Osborne, University of Arizona, USA

    12. Fragmented sovereignty: land reform and dispossession in Laos Christian Lund, Roskilde University, Denmark


    Nancy Lee Peluso is Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy and Professor of Society and Environment in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, USA. She is Co-Director of the Berkeley Workshop in Environmental Politics.

    Christian Lund is Professor of Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark and the Director of the Research Unit, ProCit (Property and Citizenship in Developing Societies).