Land Grabbing in Latin America

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies
16 January 2013
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A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies introducing a previously under-explored geographic region into the emerging land grab literature. Available for free till end of May.

There are eight articles in this Special Issue: seven research articles plus the guest editors’ introductory essay, covering country experiences in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Guatemala and Mexico.

A close reading of the contributions to this Special Issue can contribute important insights into the debate on land grabbing. In addition to introducing a previously under-explored geographic region into the emerging land grab literature, they also provide insights into the distinct political economy of the region that informs the way land grabs actually occur, and are perceived and understood. The contribution  of these papers to the broader scholarship on land grabbing can be seen in at least seven ways elaborated in the introductory essay.

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vol. 33, no. 4, December 2012 
Editor: John Harriss 
Special Issue Guest Editors: Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Cristóbal Kay, Sergio Gómez and John 
Wilkinson 

Table of contents

  • Land and capital: key characteristics of ‘land grabbing’ in Latin America, by Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Cristóbal Kay, Sergio Gómez and John Wilkinson. 
  • Land grabbing: concentration and foreignization of land in Uruguay, by Diego E. Piñeiro 
  • Land concentration and foreign land ownership in Argentina in the context of global land grabbing, by Miguel Murmis and Maria R. Murmis 
  • Concentration and foreignization of land in Bolivia, by Miguel Urioste F. de C.
  • Land grabbing: concentration and foreignization of land in Paraguay, by Luis A. Galeano 
  • Concentration and foreign ownership of land in Brazil in the context of global land grabbing phenomenon, by John Wilkinson, Bastiaan Reydon and Alberto di Sabbato   
  • Land control-grabbing in Guatemala: the political economy of contemporary agrarian change, by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas 
  • (Trans)national agribusiness capital and land market dynamics in Mexico, by Héctor Manuel Robles Berlanga 

Picture "Sao Simao Reservoir, Brazil" from NASA