Agrarian Studies: Essays on Agrarian Relations in Less-developed Countries
V. K. Ramachandran, Madhura Swaminathan
Zed Books, 2003 - Nature - 568 pages
Most people in developing countries are still rural, their lives and work bound up with the relations of agricultural production. The policies of stabilization and structural adjustment of the 1980s and 1990s have had wide-ranging and profound implications for their conditions of life and work. This work brings together theoretical and empirical research into agrarian relations and explores what is happening to rural societies in the current phase of global capitalism. The contributors cover a wide range of issues and experiences, including: the effectiveness and reliability of different types of land reform; the macroeconomic context of liberalized trade and mobile financial flows; country-specific changes in agrarian relations in the context of globalization; and the nature of, and constraints on, land reforms in the contemporary period. While the specific concerns and historical processes of each country and region are different, there are common concerns and worries, especially with regard to the impact on rural working people of new policies of globalization and liberalization.
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