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Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies

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Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies

9781788972451 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada, Kristina Dietz, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universität Kassel, Germany, Bettina Engels, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Ben McKay, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, Canada
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 245 1 Extent: c 752 pp
Exploring the emerging and vibrant field of Critical Agrarian Studies, this comprehensive Handbook offers interdisciplinary insights from both leading scholars and activists to understand agrarian life, livelihoods, formations and processes of change. It highlights the development of the field characterized by theoretical and methodological pluralism and innovation.

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Exploring the emerging and vibrant field of Critical Agrarian Studies, this comprehensive Handbook offers interdisciplinary insights from both leading scholars and activists to understand agrarian life, livelihoods, formations and processes of change. It highlights the development of the field characterized by theoretical and methodological pluralism and innovation.
 
The Handbook presents critical analyses of, and examines controversies about, historical and contemporary social structures and processes in agrarian and rural settings from a wide range of perspectives. Chapters explore the origins of critical agrarian studies, the concepts underpinning the diverse theoretical approaches to the field, and the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies used by those who work within the field. The Handbook further presents regional perspectives from a selection of major regions and countries to show how agrarian change is happening in contemporary rural settings. Finally, it illuminates debates around the topic and trajectories for future research and development.
 
This will be a vital resource for graduate students, scholars and activists interested in critical agrarian studies wanting to develop a greater understanding of the state of the art in research in the field, as well as a forward-looking perspective. The analytical and empirical insights will also be helpful to students of agricultural and development economics as well as environmental and development geographies.
Critical Acclaim
‘This impressive Handbook captures and reflects the vibrancy of, and will propel further, the rapidly expanding field of critical agrarian studies. It is an indispensable reference in the field for students, teachers, researchers, policy experts, and activists.’
– Saturnino M. Borras Jr., International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Peasant Studies

‘The Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies is a magnificent field-building achievement. Ambitious and comprehensive, it marks the coming of age of critical agrarian studies, with first-rate contributions from foundational thinkers and emerging stars on everything from agroecology and land, to financialization, territoriality, extractivism, migrant labour, and dozens of other topics.’
– Marc Edelman, Hunter College and City University of New York, US

‘Critical agrarian studies is not a sentimental journey into the past but ways of rethinking how the dynamics of agrarian change reflect and shape some of the most important issues of our time. In the creative and thoughtful short essays in this Handbook, leading scholars provide new angles on familiar questions such as land ownership, the ways we eat, agrarian extractivism, ecological crisis and rural social movements and on many new issues as well. Authors also lead readers through current debates and introduce them to the particular methodological problems of agrarian studies.’
– Bridget O’Laughlin, International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands and Co-Editor of the Journal of Agrarian Change

'The Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies is an excellent and solid work that takes us through the foundational and current debates of this research field, its main concepts and methodological approaches, the intersection of the agrarian question with environmental, territorial, techno-science and financialization issues, among other topics. An essential reference book.’
– Carla Gras, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina

‘This Handbook will surely become the point of departure for anyone planning research on agrarian issues from a critical perspective. The 72 contributions – most by well-regarded experts in the field—provide both succinct literature reviews and substantive insight on a broad range of relevant topics. Some of the chapters, such as on The Agrarian Question, Land Grabs, and Feasible Utopias are superb. Whether for clarification of key concepts or to grasp the contours of current debates, the Handbook will be useful to students, researchers, those teaching in the field, as well as policy advocates and activists.’
– Carmen Diana Deere, University of Florida, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Lincoln Addison, A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Samir Amin, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Sara Berry, Mattias Borg Rasmussen, Ulbe Bosma, Ray Bush, Liam Campling, Robert Chernomas, Priscilla Claeys, Jennifer Clapp, Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Nicholas Copeland, Sergio Coronado, Ben Cousins, Federico Demaria, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Kristina Dietz, J. Paul Dunne, Franza Drechsel, Bettina Engels, Irmak Ertör, Jennifer C. Franco, Harriet Friedmann, Julien-François Gerber, Ariane Goetz, Elisa Greco, Severin Halder, Derek Hall, Wendy Harcourt, John Harriss, Barbara Harriss-White, Elizabeth Havice, Ian Hudson, Carol Hunsberger, Markus Ihalainen, S. Ryan Isakson, Muhammad Ali Jan, Kees Jansen, Praveen Jha, Petr Jehlička, Joost Jongerden, Cristóbal Kay, Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet, Markus Kröger, Brian Kuns, Xavier Lafrance, Johanna Leinius, Christian Lund, Facundo Martín, Giuliano Martiniello, Nils McCune, Ben M. McKay, Philip McMichael, Sofía Monsalve Suárez, Avanti Mukherjee, Ryan Nehring, Andrea J. Nightingale, Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Gerardo Otero, Carlos Oya, Prabhat Patnaik, Utsa Patnaik, Jonathan Pattenden, Nancy Lee Peluso, Pauline E. Peters, Helena Pérez Niño, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Oliver Pye, Smriti Rao, Peter Rosset, Arnim Scheidel, Matthew A. Schnurr, Annie Shattuck, Jasber Singh, Maristella Svampa, Larry Swatuk, Marcus Taylor, Robin Thiers, Chiara Tornaghi, Eric Vanhaute, Henry Veltmeyer, Boris Verbrugge, Leandro Vergara-Camus, Oane Visser, Michael Watts, Tony Weis, Ben White, Paris Yeros, Qian Forrest Zhang

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