Race and territorial politics in land policy reform in Burma

24 June 2014

Burma's current neoliberal reform is gearing up to transform the country's smallholder agrarian landscape and society into an agribusiness investment opportunity. The talk will demonstrate how the making of agro-capitalism in Burma is borne through violent regional histories defined by contested and racialized territorial politics. The transition to industrial food regimes involves a shift from the use of guns and fear to dispossess smallholders of their land and farming livelihoods to that of the logic of law and markets, backed by police force.

Speaker: Kevin Woods is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and a researcher and analyst at the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam.


Discussant: Dr. Jennifer Franco, Research Associate at the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam and Adjunct Professor at the College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University in Beijing


Chair: Dr. Marina de Regt, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University Amsterdam

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