"Jan Douwe van der Ploeg combines his long engagement in the empirical study of farming and farmers, and of alternative agricultures, in very different parts of the world, with a sophisticated analytical acumen and capacity to provoke in fruitful ways." Henry Bernstein, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
"There is an increasing interest in this topic, especially as the author links the debate on the peasantry with Empire and Globalization. He has an excellent reputation in the field and is highly qualified to write this book, which draws on his extensive worldwide experience with the issues he discusses." Cristobal Kay, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.