Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change

ISBN-10: 1565493567
ISBN-13: 9781565493568
Edition: 2010
Authors: Henry Bernstein
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Publication date: 8/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 142
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Development processes are never neutral. They impact various groups and classes of people differently. A high food price may benefit some rich peasants who produce and sell food surplus, but it may disadvantage landless rural laborers. A project on irrigation may benefit those who own the land, but not the landless tenants. Nowadays, official documents by governments and development agencies tend to lump different groups of people into vague categories like 'rural poor'. This might be useful in some cases, but in large part this thinking can harm the poorest of the poor. Agrarian Change Todaydemonstrates the continuing relevance of class analysis in understanding development processes and outcomes. It shows clearly and accessibly how the argument for 'bringing class back in' provides an alternative to inherited conceptions of the agrarian question on one hand, and to widespread notions of 'people of the land', 're-peasantization', and so on, on the other. It illustrates what is at stake in different ways of thinking about class dynamics and the effects of agrarian change in today's globalized world.

ICAS Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies Series
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: The Political Economy of Agrarian Change
The Big Picture: Farming and World Population
Who Are the Farmers Today?
Marx's Political Economy
Note
Production and Productivity
Labour and Nature
Divisions of Labour and Cooperation
Reproduction
Surplus, Exploitation and Accumulation
Political Economy: Four Key Questions
Notes
Origins and Early Development of Capitalism
Defining Characteristics of Capitalism
Origins of Capitalism #1: Paths of Agrarian Transition
Origins of Capitalism #2: The Long March of Commercial Capitalism
Theory and History: Complexities
Notes
Colonialism and Capitalism
Phases of Colonialism
Colonialism and Agrarian Change
Labour Regimes in Colonialism
Notes
Farming and Agriculture, Local and Global
From Farming to Agriculture
"Nature's Metropolis" and the First International Food Regime (1870s-1914)
From Free Trade to Protectionism (1914-1940s)
The Second International Food Regime (1940s-1970s)
Agricultural Modernization in the Moment of Developmentalism (1950s-1970s)
Conclusion
Notes
Neoliberal Globalization and World Agriculture
Collapse of the Second International Food Regime
Global Agriculture in the Moment of Neoliberalism
The End of Developmentalism
The End of the Peasantry?
Notes
Capitalist Agriculture and Non-Capitalist Farmers?
"Obstacles" to Capitalist Farming
Exploitation: The Benefits of "Family Farming" to Capital?
The Role of Resistance
Conclusion
Notes
Class Formation in the Countryside
The Class Dynamics of "Family Farming"
Classes of Labour
Conclusion
Notes
Complexities of Class
Economic Sociology and Political Sociology
Class Struggles in the Countryside
"The People of the Land"
Conclusion
Note
Glossary
References
Index

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