Peasant Poverty and Persistence in the Twenty-First Century: Theories, Debates, Realities and Policies (International Studies in Poverty Research)

Peasant Poverty and Persistence in the Twenty-First Century: Theories, Debates, Realities and Policies (International Studies in Poverty Research)

By: Julio Boltvinik (editor), Susan Archer Mann (editor), Meghnad Desai (foreword_author)Paperback

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Peasants are a majority of the world's poor. Despite this, there has been little effort to bridge the fields of peasant and poverty studies. Peasant Poverty and Persistence in the Twenty-first Century provides a much-needed critical perspective linking three central questions: Why has peasantry, unlike other areas of non-capitalist production, persisted? Why are the vast majority of peasants poor? And how are these two questions related? Interweaving contributions from various disciplines, the book provides a range of responses, offering new theoretical, historical and policy perspectives on this peasant 'world drama'. Scholars from both South and North argue that, in order to find the policy paths required to overcome peasants' misery, we need a seismic transformation in social thought, to which they make important contributions. They are convinced that we must build upon the peasant economy's advantages over agricultural capitalism in meeting the challenges of feeding the growing world population while sustaining the environment. Structured to encourage debate among authors and mutual learning, Peasant Poverty and Persistence takes the reader on an intellectual journey toward understanding the peasantry.

About Author

Julio Boltvinik has spent over three decades studying and fighting poverty. He is a professor and researcher at the Centre for Sociological Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, and has been a visiting professor in the UK and Mexico, as well as holding government positions, working for the United Nations Development Programme and being member of the Scientific Committee of CROP. As well as one hundred and fifty articles and book chapters, he has published books including Social Progress Index: A proposal (with A. Sen and M. Desai, 1991), Poverty and Social Stratification in Mexico (1994), Poverty and Income Distribution in Mexico (co-authored with E. Hernandez-Laos, 1999), Poverty in Mexico and the World (co-edited with A. Damian, 2004), Broadening Our Look: A new approach to poverty and human flourishing (forthcoming) and To Understand the Current Capitalist Crisis (2010). He also writes the weekly column `Moral economy' in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, for which he received the Citizen National Journalism Award in 2001. Susan A. Mann was professor of sociology and former director of women's and gender studies at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. She also served as a former chair of the Race, Class and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. Her books include Reading Feminist Theory: From modernity to postmodernity (2015), Doing Feminist Theory: From modernity to postmodernity (2012) and Agrarian capitalism in theory and practice (1990).


Part I: Introducing the Book Foreword by Meghnad Desai Introduction - Julio Boltvinik and Susan Archer Mann Part II: Papers Session I: Theoretical Perspectives on Peasant Poverty and Persistence 1. Poverty and Persistence of the Peasantry. Background Paper - Julio Boltvinik 2. Rethinking Rustic Issues. Contributions to a Theory of Contemporary Peasantry - Armando Bartra 3. From Field to Fork: Labour Power, its Reproduction, and the Persistence of Peasant Poverty - Gordon Welty, Susan Mann, James Dickinson and Emily Blumenfeld 4. Baroque Modernity and Peasant Poverty in the Twenty-first Century - Luis Arizmendi Session II: Historical and Empirical Approaches 5. Agriculture/industry, Rural/urban, Peasants/workers: Some Reflections on Poverty, Persistence and Change - Henry Bernstein 6. Employment and Rural Poverty in Mexico - Araceli Damian and Edith Pacheco Session III: Environment, Food Crisis and Peasants 7. From the Persistence of the Peasantry in Capitalism to the Environmentalism of Indigenous Peoples and the Sustainability of Life - Enrique Leff 8. South American Peasants and Poor Farmers Facing Global Environmental Change: A Development Dilemma - Elma Montana 9. Financialisation of the Food Sector and Peasant's Persistence - Kostas Vergopoulos Session IV: Policy, Self-reliance and Peasant Poverty 10. The Rise and Fall of the Agrarian Welfare State: Peasants, Globalisation, and the Privatisation of Development - Farshad A. Araghi 11. Overcoming Rural Poverty from the Bottom Up - David Barkin and Blanca Lemus Part III: Closing the Book 12. Dialogues and Debates on Peasant Poverty and Persistence: Around the Background Paper and Beyond - Julio Boltvinik

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  • ISBN13: 9781783608430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781783608430
  • ISBN10: 1783608439

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