Both in the past and at present, pro-capitalist, right-wing or even fascist movements and political parties have often found support from rural communities. Yet there is nothing inherently conservative in rural politics: history has also shown how working people in the countryside—peasants, landless labourers, and others—joined the proletariat and other social forces at the barricades and in the trenches during anti-feudal or socialist revolutions, and anti-colonial national liberation struggles. Key questions that scholars have grappled with during the past century include how and why such radical transformations happened from one society to another, and with what implications, and which strata of the working people in the countryside were the most open to such revolutionary projects
|Title of host publication||Agriculture, Environment and Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Perspectives on Water, Land and Politics|
|Editors||Antonio Augusto Rossotto Ioris, Bernardo Mancano Fernandes|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Nov 2022|
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Adapted from Borras, SM. 2020. Agrarian Social Movements: The Absurdly Difficult but not Impossible Agenda of Defeating Right-wing Populism and Exploring a Socialist Future. Journal of Agrarian Change, 20(1), 3–36. Reproduced under permission.