Using Literary Comics to Understand the Role of Borderland Brokers in Post-War Transitions

By Jo Tomkinson|July 3, 2017|Borders, Conflict, Migration, Peace, State in development|0 comments

This post is written by Jonathan Goodhand, Professor in Conflict and Development Studies in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, and Oliver Walton, Lecturer in International Development, University of Bath.  “It is true that Hambantota is the periphery and is in need of development. However, we should not blame people (from the centre). We must portray the periphery as a partner. Not as a hotbed of resistance”. The quotation

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Book Review of Bina Agarwal’s Gender Challenges

By Jo Tomkinson|June 28, 2017|Agriculture, Journal of Agrarian Change, Political ecology, State in development, Women's rights|0 comments

This post is written by Haroon Akram-Lodhi who is Professor in the Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Ontario. It is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. Gender Challenges, Volume 1: Agriculture, Technology, and Food Security, by Bina Agarwal. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. 400+xxiii. US$235 / Rs. 6595 (3-volume set, pb.). ISBN: 978-0-19-809982-6. Gender Challenges, Volume 2: Property,

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Book Review of Jan Breman’s Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market

By Jo Tomkinson|June 20, 2017|Agriculture, Journal of Agrarian Change, Labour|0 comments

This post is written by John M. Talbot, Chair of the Political Economy of the World System section of the American Sociological Association. It is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. Mobilizing Labour for the Global Coffee Market: Profits from an Unfree Work Regime in Colonial Java, by Jan Breman. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015. Pp. 404 + 8 Plates €99 (hb). ISBN

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Rethinking Agrarian Transitions and Left Politics in India

By Jo Tomkinson|May 31, 2017|Agriculture, Journal of Agrarian Change, Labour, Neoliberalism, Uncategorized|0 comments

Free Issue of Journal of Agrarian Change to mark 50 years since Naxalbari This post is written by Jens Lerche, Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS and Editor in Chief of Journal of Agrarian Change, Alpa Shah, Associate Professor (Reader) in Anthropology at LSE, and Barbara Harriss-White,  Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at Oxford University. It is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted

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Notice – London workshop on Chinese labour regimes, 22 June

By Jo Tomkinson|May 19, 2017|Global commodity chains, Journal of Agrarian Change, Labour|0 comments

‘Chinese labour regimes: mutations, expansions, resistance’  A Centre on Labour and Global Production workshop Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus Thursday 22 June, 2pm – 6pm   “The ongoing wave of strikes in China is the latest manifestation of a dynamic that can be summed up in the phrase: where capital goes, labor-capital conflict shortly follows” — Beverly Silver   The emergence of China as a global economic

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Interview: Agrarian Political Economy of Left-wing Governments in Latin America with Leandro Vergara-Camus

By Jo Tomkinson|May 5, 2017|Journal of Agrarian Change|0 comments

This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog.  The Journal of Agrarian Change has recently published a Special Issue entitled, ‘Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions’ (JAC Vol. 17, No. 2, April 2017), edited by Cristóbal Kay and Leandro Vergara-Camus. In this interview, Leandro Vergara-Camus (Senior Lecturer, Development Studies at SOAS) talks about the

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The Centrality of the Margins: Brokering Borders and Borderlands in the age of Trump and Brexit

By Jo Tomkinson|April 27, 2017|Borders, Migration, State in development|0 comments

This blog post is written by Dr Sharri Plonski (SOAS) and Dr Patrick Meehan (SOAS). Borders are never far from the news these days, with a relentless media focus on Donald Trump’s new America and Theresa May’s ‘Hard Brexit’. Trump’s Mexico Wall epitomises this border neurosis and symbolises a wider trend towards protectionism that seeks to thwart the flow of people (into the country) and of capital, jobs and control

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Why Global Efforts to Address Climate Change Through Forest Conservation are Failing

By Jo Tomkinson|February 5, 2017|Climate change, Conservation, Political ecology|1 comments

This blog post is written by Adeniyi Asiyanbi, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Development Studies Department at SOAS. He researches the intersection of environment and development. Beneath the euphoria of recent progress in international climate change negotiations in Paris and Marrakech lies the reality that schemes to curb carbon emissions through forest conservation are failing. From the Brazilian Amazon rainforests to the Congo Basin forests, these schemes have not addressed

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Book Review of Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life by Henry Bernstein

By Jo Tomkinson|December 21, 2016|Journal of Agrarian Change|0 comments

Henry Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS and Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing (e-mail: hb4@soas.ac.uk).  This post is part of the Journal of Agrarian Change blog, hosted on the Development Studies at SOAS blog. It is a summary of the talk given by the author as part of the Agrarian Change Seminar Series. Capitalism in

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The Global Crisis and the Disintegration of Neoliberalism

By Jo Tomkinson|December 3, 2016|Democracy, Neoliberalism|0 comments

Alfredo Saad Filho is Professor of Political Economy at the SOAS Department of Development Studies. His research interests include the political economy of neoliberalism, industrial policy, alternative macroeconomic policies, and the labour theory of value and its applications. The certainties that used to hold neoliberalism together are melting into the air: the common sense of the age has degenerated into clichés. Tried and tested policies such as privatisation, marketisation and trade

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