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  1. Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the Trump vote

    • Adam Jadhav
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How does the sense of collective devastation resulting from changes in upper Midwest farming communities contribute to a political “empathy wall”?

  2. Populism from above and below: agriculture and the political ambiguities of the Workers’ Party in Brazil

    • Daniela Andrade
    03 July 2018
    Paper

    Brazil has recently undergone a shift from economic growth to recession, as well as from a left-wing, neo-developmentalist politics to one on the far-right, authoritarian and economically ultraliberal. Such an economic and political U-turn touched upon the countryside in contrasting ways. This paper reflects on the politics of the past. It suggests that the road to regression was paved during the tenure of the Worker’s Party (PT), when politics were considered both popular and progressive. And it was under the PT’s rule when the ‘rural world’ mattered the most for politics.

  3. The rural roots of dignity: Republican and reactionary specters in rural Spain

    • Jaume Franquesa
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How are we to explain Spain’s alleged immunity to the political trends, such as rising authoritarian populism, seen in other countries with similar economic circumstances?

  4. Rentier states and neo-extractivism: Venezuela’s Orinoco mining arc program

    • Luis Llambí
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How are populations of diverse social and ethnic origins involved in recent processes of biophysical resource grabbing in Venezuela?

  5. Bovine nationalism

    • Dr. Lavanya Suresh
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    The 2016 death of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu and head of the ruling party, destabilised a two-party dominated system of elections. How has this led to the political turmoil and new kind of populism that has arisen in the state since?

  6. Chinese and Other Foreign Investments in the Brazilian Soybean Complex

    • Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira
    18 May 2015
    Paper

    As Brazil and China become the world’s leading exporter and importer of soybeans respectively, Chinese companies have sought investments in Brazil to wrest greater control over the flows and profits of the international soybean trade from North Atlantic-based transnational companies. While some promote these as positive “South-South cooperation”, many others condemn them as neocolonial “land grabs” that displace peasants, cause environmental degradation, and deindustrialize the Brazilian economy.

  7. As good as it gets? The new Sandinismo and the co-option of emancipatory rural politics in Nicaragua

    • Santiago Ripoll
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What has Ortega's victory meant for progressive environmental and social policies in Nicaragua?

  8. Farm dwellers in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa and the politics of home

    • Donna Hornby, Stha Yeni
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What does radical economic transformation mean, and in particular, what does it mean for farm dwellers in South Africa?

  9. Trends in small-scale fishery in Myanmar: Tenure rights and gender in Mon State and Tanintharyi Division

    • Maria Belen Angeles, Mads Barbesgaard, Jennifer Franco
    12 March 2019
    Paper

    “Fish is the world’s most traded food commodity, and Myanmar is on the cusp of becoming a major international source."

  10. The agrarian origins of authoritarian rural populism in the United States: what can we learn from 20th century struggles in California and the Midwest?

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Maywa Montenegro, Alex Liebman, Siena Chrisman
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Interrogating the politics of rural places in generating both support for and struggle against authoritarian populism.

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    Farmland meets Finance

    • Madeleine Fairbairn
    27 May 2014
    Paper

    At the turn of the 21st century, farmland was still considered an investment backwater by most of the financial sector. Although some insurance companies have had farmland holdings for years, most financial investors found farmland, and agricultural investment in general, unappealing compared to the much higher returns to be made in financial markets.

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    New ‘Webs of Power’ and Agrarian Transformations in Cambodia: Where are the women?

    • Clara Mi Young Park
    18 May 2015
    Paper

    In February 2012 Economic Land Concessions granted to private companies in Cambodia totalled 2,033,664 ha., and increased to 2,289,490 ha. by June 2013, covering 63 per cent of the country’s arable land. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to Cambodia grew by 73 per cent from 2011 to 2012. The country, together with Myanmar and Vietnam, is referred to as one of the ‘emerging bright spots of the subregion’.

  13. The demise of emancipatory peasant politics? Indonesian fascism and the rise of islamic populism

    • Laksmi Savitri, Devi Adriyanti
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How does the rise of Islamic populism in Indonesia signal a return of fascist ideologies and practices that use nationalism and religion as political instruments to clear a new pathway for capital accumulation?

  14. Reconsidering the logistics of autonomy: Ecological autonomy, self-defense and the polícia comunitaria in Álvaro Obregón, Mexico

    • Alexander Dunlap
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    Inspired by experiences in Álvaro Obregón, or Gui’Xhi’ Ro in Zapotec, this paper discusses ideas of popular ecological struggle and self-defense.

  15. Conservative farmers movements and right-wing populism in contemporary India

    • Divya Jain
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    What are the fundamental tensions and contradictions between the Modi authoritarian populist regime and its rural social base?

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