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.

An Interview with Henry Bernstein

June 13, 2019

The editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change are pleased to present an interview with Henry Bernstein by Subir Sinha. Henry Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London and one of the founding editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change. Subir Sinha is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development…

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The Bernstein & Byres Prize in Agrarian Change for 2018

June 3, 2019

LIAM CAMPLING, CRISTÓBAL KAY, JENS LERCHE, BRIDGET O’LAUGHLIN, CARLOS OYA    We are pleased to announce that Enric Tello, Gabriel Jover, Ivan Murray, Onofre Fullana and Ricard Soto have been awarded the 2018 Bernstein & Byres Prize for their article ‘From feudal colonization to agrarian capitalism in Mallorca: Peasant endurance under the rise and fall…

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Colombia’s new peasantries and social-territorial movements

April 24, 2019

KYLA SANKEY In Colombia, agrarian social movements have been at the forefront of struggles against neoliberalism and war. The rural poor have borne the brunt of half a century of civil war, which caused 260,000 deaths, 60,000 disappearances and 7 million displacements. They also suffered the worst effects of free market policies, which have resulted…

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Marxist methods corner

April 18, 2019

This space on our website is intended to be a place where researchers in and around the Marxist tradition can critically discuss problematic issues in methodology and research methods. We are good in critique of dominant paradigms and misleading concepts, but how do we get beyond critique to substantive research that addresses politically relevant issues?…

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[CFP] CONFERENCE 2019 – AGRARIAN CHANGE WORKING GROUP

January 9, 2019

This year’s IIPPE Annual Political Economy Conference (July 3 – 5, 2019, Lille (France)) will be a joint conference with the French Association for Political Economy

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Land reform in South Africa in 2018

December 3, 2018

BEN COUSINS Land reform has recently become an explosive political issue in South Africa. Progress in transforming racially unequal patterns of land ownership in rural and urban areas has been painfully slow since the transition to democracy in 1994.

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Social reproduction and women’s work in the Global South

November 24, 2018

This post is written by Sara Stevano who is Lecturer in Economics at UWE, Bristol. When I began my research in Mozambique, in August 2011, I wanted to understand women’s participation in remunerated work.

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The Bernstein & Byres Prize in Agrarian Change for 2017

September 17, 2018

We are pleased to announce that R. Ramakumar, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, has been awarded the 2017 Bernstein & Byres Prize for his article ‘Jats, Khaps and Riots: Communal Politics and the Bharatiya Kisan Union in Northern India’.

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Book review of Nandini Sundar’s The Burning Forest

August 17, 2017

This post is written by Christian Lund who is Professor of Development, Resource Management, and Governance, at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, at Copenhagen University.

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The Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Change for 2016

July 8, 2017

The ‘Bernstein & Byres Prize’ has been awarded since 2008 by the Journal of Agrarian Change (JAC) to the best article published in that year.

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Book Review of Bina Agarwal’s Gender Challenges

June 28, 2017

An activist scholar and former President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, Bina Agarwal is best known for her (1994) monumental A Field of One’s Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia.

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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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