Resistance, acquiescence or incorporation? An introduction to land grabbing and political reactions 'from below'

R Hall, M Edelman, Jun Borras, I Scoones, Ben White, W Wolford

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Political reactions ‘from below’ to global land grabbing have been vastly more varied and complex than is usually assumed. This essay introduces a collection of groundbreaking studies that discuss responses that range from various types of organized and everyday resistance to demands for incorporation or for better terms of incorporation into land deals. Initiatives ‘from below’ in response to land deals have involved local and transnational alliances and the use of legal and extra-legal methods, and have brought victories and defeats. The relevance of political reactions to land grabbing is discussed in light of theories of social movements and critical agrarian studies. Future research on reactions ‘from below’ to land grabbing must include greater attention to gender and generational differences in both impacts and political agency. Keywords: dispossession; land grabbing; large-scale land acquisitions; land tenure; peasants; resistance; contentious politics; agrarian change
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)467-488
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2015

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