Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era Primitive Accumulation and the Peasantry

ISBN-10: 0857490389
ISBN-13: 9780857490384
Edition: 2011
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pambuzuka Press
Publication date: 10/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

A compelling and critical destruction of both the English agricultural revolution and the theory of comparative advantage, upon which unequal trade has been justified for three centuries, this account argues that these ideas have been used to disguise the fact that the North—from the time of colonialism to the present day—has used the much greater agricultural productivity of the South to feed and improve the living standards of its own people while impoverishing the South. At the same time, the imposition of neoliberal “reforms” in the African continent has led to greater unemployment, spiraling debt, land and livestock losses, reduced per capita food production, and decreased nutrition. Arguing that political stability hangs in the balance, this book calls for labor-intensive small-scale production, new thinking about which agricultural commodities are produced, the redistribution of the means of food production, and increased investment in rural development. The combined effort of African and Indian scholarly work, this account demands policies that defend the land rights of small producers and allow people to live with dignity.

Utsa Patnaik is a professor of economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She is the author of "The Agrarian Question and the Development of Capitalism in India,"" The Long Transition: Essays on Political Economy," and "Peasant Class Differentiation: A Study in Method with Reference to Haryana,"" "She has also edited several collections, including "The Agrarian Question in Marx and His Successors "and "Chains of Servitude: Bondage and Slavery in India."

Sam Moyo is Executive Director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS), Harare, and former President of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA, 2009-11). He was a research professor at the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies, and taught at the University of Zimbabwe, and has served on the boards of various research institutes and non-governmental organizations. He is currently Editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy (Sage India). He has published widely in academic journals and is the author and editor of several books, including: The land question in Zimbabwe (SAPES, 1995), Land reform under structural adjustment in Zimbabwe (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2000), Reclaiming the Land (Zed Books, 2005), African land questions, agrarian transitions and the state (Codesria 2008); Land and sustainable development in Africa (Zed Books, 2008), Reclaiming the Nation (Pluto Press, 2011), and The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era (Pambazuka, 2011).

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