Studying the Worldeater(s): Political Ecology and Critical Agrarian Studies and Their Origins, Differences and Convergence

  • Alexander Dunlap
  • Jostein Jakobsen


This chapter discusses critical agrarian studies and political ecology, two of the most central academic fields responsible for charting land control, territorialization and extraction in the service of techno-capitalist development. These academic subfields, we can say, specialize in examining the parts and developmental trends of the Worldeater(s). Through an extensive review of critical agrarian studies and political ecology, this chapter shows forgotten disciplinary roots, under-acknowledged commonalities and important differences leading, nevertheless, to increasing convergence within the subfields. This review allows us to calibrate further our analytical tools for the subsequent inquiry into the ‘claws and teeth’ as well as remaining developmental form—body—of the Worldeater(s).


Critical agrarian studies Political ecology Land control Territorialization Extraction 


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  • Alexander Dunlap
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  • Jostein Jakobsen
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  1. 1.Centre for Development & the EnvironmentUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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