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This article argues that for large masses of the workers, peasants, agricultural laborers, and petty producers, especially in the Third World, for whom freedom consists in their ability to struggle to improve their living condition, globalization entails a loss of freedom compared even to what...
Customary norms, as informal institutions, contribute to social order and stability, which support economic growth and agricultural production in most rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Customary rights on land are granted under this structure. Traditionally, grants of rights in these areas were...
The election of Jair Bolsonaro represents the culmination of a conjuncture featuring the rise of right-wing populism and authoritarian neoliberalism in Brazil. This article analyzes the role played by dominant and subaltern rural social classes in a process that brought the country to this...
The transformations of the coffee sector have posed major challenges to rural farmers who have lost an important source of income. However, the way in which such shocks are experienced by families hinges on the gender relations governing families’ production and sale of coffee. In this article,...
This article addresses the dynamics between three interrelated questions of agrarian transition in Punjab. The first concerns the role and nature of the state and the market mechanism for the transformation of traditional agriculture into its capitalist counterpart, by the development of the...
Despite sustained high growth in India over the past three decades or so, barring the recent turn of events, structural transformation has been characterized by deepening agrarian crisis, high unemployment, and a lack of remunerative and good quality jobs. These are the major contributors to the...
This article is a tribute to the late Thandika Mkandawire, who passed away on 27 March 2020. It remarks on Thandika’s essential simplicity and humour, and highlights his contribution to our understanding of the state and the peasantry in Africa. He put forward the thesis that post-colonial rebel...
Vikas Rawal and Dorian Kalamvrezos Navarro (Eds.) (2019). The Global Economy of Pulses, Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization. ISBN 978-92-5-109730-4, 174 pp., available at http://www.fao.org/3/i7108en/I7108EN.pdf.
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