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Marc Edelman

Professor (joint appointment with the CUNY Graduate Center)

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Ph.D. Columbia University, 1985

Areas of Specialization
Economic and political anthropology, historical anthropology, social movements, human rights, development, agrarian studies, Latin America

Overview of Research
Marc Edelman's work is at the intersection of agrarian issues, social movements, and human rights. In Central America he analyzed changing land tenure and land use patterns, production systems, rural class relations, and social movements. In Geneva he participated in the process that led to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. Edelman has a longstanding concern with understanding changing forms of capitalism and with the politics of controlling markets, whether through welfare states, civil society pressure or global trade rules. During the mid-1980s, after seeing his fieldwork zone in northern Costa Rica tragically converted into a staging area for the civil war in Nicaragua, he also carried out research in the USSR and wrote extensively on Soviet-Latin American relations.

Currently, Edelman is working on a project on the history of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), which the General Assembly adopted in 2018 after a seventeen-year campaign by transnational agrarian movements and human rights organizations. He was part of the convening group of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative, an international research and action collaborative on authoritarian populism and the rural world. He recently completed a book (in Spanish) on critical agrarian studies, coauthored another book on peasant involvement in global civil society movements and transnational networking among small farmer organizations, and coedited special journal issues on global land grabs, political reactions 'from below' to landgrabbing, and critical perspectives on food sovereignty (all also available in book form).

Edelman has served on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist (Book Review Editor, 2002-5), American Ethnologist (2011-), Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos (Consejo Editorial Internacional, 2008-), Critique of Anthropology (1998-), Cuadernos de Antropología (Comité Científico, 2009-), Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (1995-98, 2013-), Focaal - Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology (2004-), Journal of Agrarian Change (2008-), Journal of Latin American Anthropology (1994-99), Journal of Peasant Studies (Editorial Collective, 2009-), Latin American Research Review (2000-2003), NACLA Report on the Americas (1999-2006), Revue TRACE [Travaux et Recherches dans les Amériques du Centre] (2012-), Studies in Comparative International Development (2005-), and the book series "Historia Contemporánea de Centroamérica" published by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central, Universidad de Costa Rica (2015-).





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