Beyond confrontation: silent growers, symbiosis and subtle peasantness in post-socialist Eurasia

A (Oane) Visser, Brian Kuns, Petr Jehlička

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Abstract

A striking discrepancy exists between post-socialist Eurasia’s rising importance within the global food system and its virtual invisibility in global academic debates on key agrarian issues. Therefore, the chapter highlights three major insights from research in the region that are of wider international relevance. First, Eurasia constitutes fertile ground for interrogating ideas of predictable trajectories of the peasantry’s disappearance and re-emergence. Second, research into interactions between Eurasian corporate and smallholding farms points to the possibility of a mutually advantageous rather than zero-sum relationship. Third, post-socialist smallholders’ food practices reveal large volumes of food produced and shared in unintentionally sustainable ways.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Critical Agrarian Studies
EditorsA. H. Akram-Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels, Ben M. McKay
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter35
Pages305-315
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781788972468
ISBN (Print)9781788972451
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2021

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