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Professor Marc Edelman Recently Co-edited Volume: "Global Land Grabs: History, Theory and Method"

Global Land Grabs: History, Theory and Method, edited by Marc Edelman, Carlos Oya and Saturnino Borras, Jr. and just published by Routledge, considers the surge of land grabbing that swept Africa, Asia and Latin America and even some regions of Europe and North America since the 2008 world food crisis. Early analyses of land grabbing focused on foreign actors, biofuels and Africa, and pointed to catastrophic consequences for the rural poor. Subsequently scholars carried out local case studies in diverse world regions. This volume advances the discussion to a new stage, critically scrutinizing alarmist claims of the first wave of research, probing the antecedents of today’s land grabbing, examining large-scale land acquisitions in light of international human rights and investment law, and considering anew longstanding questions in agrarian political economy about forms of dispossession and accumulation and grassroots resistance.

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