Climate change and agrarian struggles: An invitation to contribute to a JPS Forum

Saturnino M. Borras*, Ian Scoones, Amita Baviskar, Marc Edelman, Nancy Lee Peluso, Wendy Wolford

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This essay introduces and invites contributions to a new Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on ‘climate change and critical agrarian studies’. Climate change is inextricably entwined with contemporary capitalism, but how the relationship between capitalism and climate change plays out in the rural world requires deeper analysis. In particular, the way agrarian struggles connect with the huge challenge of climate change is a vital focus for both thinking and action. In this essay, we make the connections between climate change and critical agrarian studies and identify competing, although overlapping, narratives. These narratives frame climate change debates and the way that the dynamics of climate change shape and are shaped by the rural world, whether through state policies, international governance, corporate influence, or agrarian struggles. We use a simple framework to examine different logics and strategies for anti-capitalist struggles that might connect climate change and agrarian mobilisations. We conclude with some overall reflections and suggestions for broad, guiding questions for future inquiry as part of the JPS Forum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Funding Information:
Borras’ and Scoones’ work on this paper has received support from the European Research Council through Advanced Grants, No. 834006 and No. 740342. We would like to thank the three external reviewers for their constructive and helpful comments, as well as Paula Bownas for her excellent copyediting assistance.

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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