The New Peasantries: Struggles for Autonomy and Sustainability in an Era of Empire and Globalization

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"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.

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This book explores the role and significance of the peasantry in an era of globalization, particularly within the agribusiness and food industries. It argues that the peasant condition is characterized by a struggle for autonomy that finds expression in the creation and development of a self-governed resource base and the associated forms of sustainable development. In this respect the peasant mode of farming fundamentally differs from entrepreneurial and corporate ways of farming. The originality of the book resides in its placing peasants (who number more than 1 billion worldwide) center-stage. The author demonstrates that the peasantries of this world are far from waning. Instead, both industrialized and developing countries are witnessing complex and richly checkered processes of “repeasantization”.

These arguments are based on three longitudinal studies (in Peru, Italy and The Netherlands) that span 30 years and which provide original and thought-provoking insights into rural and agrarian development processes. The book combines and integrates different bodies of literature: the rich traditions of peasant studies, development sociology, rural sociology, neo-institutional economics and the recently emerging debates on Empire.

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