The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism

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Agrarian Labor and Peasantry in the Global South

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91206-6_58-1
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The food crisis, which erupted in 2007–2008 and resulted in catastrophic effects on the peoples of numerous countries of the South, especially Africa, as well as popular rebellions, represent two of the many dimensions of the crisis of the capitalist world system. Other very worrying aspects include socioeconomic, political, ideological, energy, or climatic ones. The food and agricultural dimensions of the current systemic crisis reveal the global failure and deep dysfunctions that characterize the agricultural “model” imposed worldwide by financial capital and transnational agribusiness corporations since the beginning of the neoliberal era in the late 1970s, along with the implementation of the structural adjustment plans (SAPs) in the Global South and austerity policies in the North. For more than three and a half decades, the peasantries of the world have been suffering an intensification of attacks by capital on their land, natural resources, and means of production. These...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), Centre d’Économie de la SorbonneParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Cultural StudiesLingnan UniversityHong KongPeople’s Republic of China