Friday, September 24, 2010
PUBLICATIONS: Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on The Politics of Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change
The Journal of Peasant Studies Special Issue on the Politics of Biofuels, Land, and Agrarian Change is available for FREE download for a limited time. The issue addresses key questions on biofuels within agrarian political economy, political sociology and political ecology.
Contributions are based on fresh empirical materials from different parts of the world. The collection’s starting point has been four key questions in agrarian political economy: Who owns what? Who does what? Who gets what? And what do they do with the surplus wealth? It also addresses the emergent social and political relations in the biofuel complex, asking, ‘How do people interact with each other’? And, given the impacts on natural resources and sustainability, it also engages with questions about people-environment interactions, asking for example, ‘How do changes in politics get shaped by dynamic ecologies, and vice versa’? At the same time, the collection is concerned with the politics of representation, that is, what are the discursive frames through which biofuels are promoted and/or opposed? And what are the institutional structures, and cultures of energy consumption on which a biofuels complex depends, and what alternative political and ecological visions are emerging to call the biofuels complex into question? Across 16 articles presenting material from five regions across the North-South divide and focusing on 14 countries including Brazil, Indonesia, India, USA and Germany, these questions are addressed within the following themes: global (re)configurations; agro-ecological visions; conflicts, resistances and diverse outcomes; state, capital and society relations; mobilising opposition, creating alternatives; and change and continuity.
Available here. See list of articles below.
- Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Philip McMichael & Ian Scoones, The politics of biofuels, land and agrarian change: an introduction
- Ben White and Anirban Dasgupta, Agrofuels capitalism: a view from political economy
- Philip McMichael, Agrofuels in the food regime
- Peter Dauvergne and Kate Neville, Forests, food, and fuel in the tropics: the uneven social and ecological consequences of the emerging political economy of biofuels
- Jennifer Franco, Les Levidow, David Fig, Lucia Goldfarb, Mireille Hönicke, and Maria Luisa Mendonça, Assumptions in the European Union biofuels policy: frictions with experiences in Germany, Brazil and Mozambique
- Gail Hollander, Power is sweet: sugarcane in the global ethanol assemblage
- Sean Gillon, Fields of Dreams: Negotiating an Ethanol Agenda in the Midwest United States
- John Wilkinson and Selena Herrera, Biofuels in Brazil: Debates and Impacts
- Andre Novo, Kees Jansen, Maja Slingerland and Ken Giller, Biofuel, Dairy Production and Beef in Brazil: Competing Claims on Land Use in São Paulo State
- Bernardo Mançano Fernandes, Clifford Andrew Welch and Elienaí Constantino Gonçalves, Agrofuel Politics in Brazil: Paradigmatic and Territorial Disputes
- John McCarthy, Processes of inclusion and adverse incorporation: oil palm and agrarian change in Sumatra, Indonesia
- Oliver Pye, The Biofuel Connection – Transnational Activism and the Palm Oil Boom
- Pere Ariza-Montobbio, Sharachchandra Lele, Giorgos Kallis and Joan Martinez-Alier, The political ecology of Jatropha curcas plantations for biodiesel in Tamil Nadu, India
- Sonja Vermeulen & Lorenzo Cotula, Over the heads of local people: consultation, consent and recompense in large-scale land deals for biofuels projects in Africa
- Ben Richardson, Big Sugar in southern Africa: rural development and the perverted potential of sugar/ethanol exports
- Carol Hunsberger, The politics of Jatropha-based biofuels in Kenya: Convergence and divergence among NGOs, donors, government officials and farmers