Posted on December 30, 2014 · Posted In:

Marc Edelman Professor of Anthropology (joint appointment with the CUNY Graduate Center); Ph.D., Columbia University, 1985

Marc Edelman is professor of anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Carlos Oya is Reader in Political Economy of Development at SOAS, University of London.

Saturnino M Borras Jr is an associate professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Since the 2008 world food crisis a surge of land grabbing swept Africa, Asia and Latin America and even some regions of Europe and North America. Investors have uprooted rural communities for massive agricultural, biofuels, mining, industrial and urbanisation projects. ‘Water grabbing’ and ‘green grabbing’ have further exacerbated social tensions.

Early analyses of land grabbing focused on foreign actors, the biofuels boom and Africa, and pointed to catastrophic consequences for the rural poor. Subsequently scholars carried out local case studies in diverse world regions. The contributors to this volume advance the discussion to a new stage, critically scrutinizing alarmist claims of the first wave of research, probing the historical antecedents of today’s land grabbing, examining large-scale land acquisitions in light of international human rights and investment law, and considering anew longstanding questions in agrarian political economy about forms of dispossession and accumulation and grassroots resistance.

Readers of this collection will learn about the impacts of land and water grabbing; the relevance of key theorists, including Marx, Polanyi and Harvey; the realities of China’s involvement in Africa; how contemporary land grabbing differs from earlier plantation agriculture; and how social movements—and rural people in general—are responding to this new threat.

This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

242 pages
© 2015

Click here for more information and buying options (via Routledge).