Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783608430 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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Peasant Poverty and Persistence

Edited by J. Boltvinik and S. Mann

Peasant Poverty and Persistence

Edited by J. Boltvinik and S. Mann

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300 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783608430 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783608447 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Peasant farmers today still make up the majority of the world’s poor, and thus any truly effective strategy of development and poverty alleviation will have to address their situation and concerns. Despite this, there has been little effort to bridge the fields of poverty, development, and peasant studies—until now. Peasant Poverty and Persistence provides an important critical perspective and corrective to debates about global rural poverty. By interweaving contributions from a variety of disciplines and bringing together scholars from around the globe, the book provides innovative new approaches to the agrarian question as well as new perspectives on the uneven pace of global development.
 
As the industrial scale of agriculture continues to grow at unsustainable levels, addressing the peasant model of agricultural production is crucial, making this book timely and essential reading for scholars in rural development, particularly in the Global South.
 
 
Contents
Tables and figures
 
First part: Introducing the book
                Foreword by Meghnad desai
                Introduction by Julio Boltvinik and Susan Archer Mann
                Notes
                References
 
Second part: Papers
 
                Session one: theoretical perspectives on peasant poverty and persistence
                1. Poverty and persistence of the peasantry: background paper by Julio Boltvinik
                2. Rethinking rustic issues: contributions to a theory of contemporary peasantry by Armando Bartra
                3. from field to fork: labour power, its reproduction, and the persistence of peasant poverty by Gordon Welty, Susan Mann, James Dickinson and Emily Blumenfeld
                4. Baroque modernity and peasant poverty in the twenty-first century by Luis Arizmendi
 
                Session two: historical and empirical approaches
                5. Agriculture/industry, rural/urban, peasants/workers: some reflections on poverty, persistence and change by Henry Bernstein
                6. Employment and rural poverty in Mexico by Araceli Damián and Edith Pacheco
 
                Session three: environment, food crisis and peasants
                7. From the persistence of the peasantry in capitalism to the environmentalism of the indigenous peoples and the sustainability of life by Enrique Leff
                8. South American peasants and poor farmers facing global environmental change: a development dilemma by Elma Montaña
                9. Financialisation of the food sector and peasants’ persistence by Kostas Vergopoulos
 
                Session four: policy, self-reliance and peasant poverty
                10. The rise and fall of the agrarian welfare state: peasants, globalisation, and the privatisation of development by Farshad A. Araghi
                11. Overcoming rural poverty from the bottom up by David Barkin and Blanca Lemus
 
Third part: Closing the book
 
                12. Dialogues and debates on peasant poverty and persistence: around the background paper and beyond by Julio Boltvinik
 
Foreword author, editors and contributors
Index
 
Review Quotes
Patrick H. Mooney, University of Kentucky
“A provocative examination of the persistence of the world’s peasantry and rural poverty that explores, challenges, and significantly advances one of the most influential lineages of scholarship that has shaped the contemporary sociology and political economy of agriculture.”
Philip McMichael, author of Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions
“A fascinating set of essays investigating the relationship between peasant persistence and poverty. The editors have assembled an outstanding line-up of respondents to address this puzzle from a variety of perspectives. This is a timely and substantive revival of the classic debate.”
John Harriss, Simon Fraser University
“This stimulating book offers a most exciting renewal of classic debates in Marxian theory over the character and the persistence of peasant production, and illuminates the implications for rural people of the ways in which contemporary capitalism works.”
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