Commodity Frontiers and Global Capitalist Expansion

Social, Ecological and Political Implications from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day

  • Sabrina Joseph

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

About this book


This interdisciplinary edited collection explores the dynamics of global capitalist expansion through the concept of the ‘commodity frontier’. Applying an inductive approach rather than starting at the global level, as most meta-narratives have done, this book sheds light on how local dynamics have shaped the process of capitalist expansion into ‘uncommodified’ spaces. Contributors demonstrate that ultimately the evolution of frontier zones and their reconfiguration over time have transformed human ecology, labour relations and social, economic and political structures across the globe. Chapters examine agricultural and pastoral frontiers, natural habitats, and commodity frontiers with fossil fuels and mineral resources located in various regions of the world, including South America, Asia, Africa and the Arabian Gulf. 



Commodity Frontiers Global Capitalist Expansion Social policy Ecological policy Resource policy Jason Moore Economic history of frontier zones Land tenure patterns Economic history and demography Commoditisation of labour Natural resource economics Inequality and pollution Environmental History Sustainable Development Economic anthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabrina Joseph
    • 1
  1. 1.American University in DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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