Blog

The JAC Blog hosts posts on agrarian and rural issues, both contemporary and historical.

It covers book reviews, photo essays, research essays and field notes. We welcome blog submissions.

Book Review of Jan Breman’s Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market

June 20, 2017

This is a book of impressive scope. It tells the story of coffee cultivation on Java under Dutch colonialism from its beginnings in the early 1600s through to the end of the notorious Cultivation System in the late 1800s.

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Rethinking Agrarian Transitions and Left Politics in India

May 31, 2017

Free Issue of Journal of Agrarian Change to mark 50 years since Naxalbari This post is written by Jens Lerche, Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS and Editor in Chief of Journal of Agrarian Change, Alpa Shah, Associate Professor (Reader) in Anthropology at LSE, and Barbara Harriss-White,  Emeritus Professor…

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Notice – London workshop on Chinese labour regimes, 22 June

May 19, 2017

The ongoing wave of strikes in China is the latest manifestation of a dynamic that can be summed up in the phrase: where capital goes, labor-capital conflict shortly follows.

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Interview: Agrarian Political Economy of Left-wing Governments in Latin America with Leandro Vergara-Camus

May 5, 2017

This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog.  The Journal of Agrarian Change has recently published a Special Issue entitled, ‘Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions’ (JAC Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2017), edited by Cristóbal Kay and Leandro…

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Book Review of Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life by Henry Bernstein

December 21, 2016

Henry Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS and Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing (e-mail: hb4@soas.ac.uk).  This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. It is a summary of the…

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India’s Land Question

October 23, 2016

Michael Levien is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on India and seeks to advance a nascent sociology of dispossession. He teaches on international development, agrarian change, dispossession, and social theory. This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. It…

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Notice – New Virtual Issue – ‘The Political Ecology of Agrarian Change’

September 19, 2016

This notice is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog.  Journal of Agrarian Change, Virtual Issue, April 2016: The Political Ecology of Agrarian Change Editor: Liam Campling This virtual special issue collects work on the political ecology of agrarian change. Over the last 15 years, Journal of…

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Notice – Special Issue July 2016: A Festschrift for Henry Bernstein

July 21, 2016

This notice is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog.  Journal of Agrarian Change 16(3) Special Issue – The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: Essays in Appreciation of Henry Bernstein  Guest Editors: Liam Campling and Jens Lerche This special issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change…

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