April 16, 2021
Special Journal Issue: "New Insights on Land Grabs in the BRICS and Global South"
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗿. 𝗕𝗲𝗻 𝗠𝗰𝗞𝗮𝘆 who is the editor of a special issue ‘New Insights on Land Grabs in the BRICS and Global South' published in Globalizations.
McKay is also co-author of the opening article in the issue: “𝘉𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘴: 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦” (Gustavo de . T. Oliviera and Juan Liu co-authors).
Article abstract: The conjunction of climate, food, and financial crises in the late 2000s triggered renewed interest in farmland and agribusiness investments around the world. This phenomenon became known as the ‘global land grab' and sparked debates among social movements, NGOs, academics, government and international development agencies worldwide. In this introduction, we critically analyse the ‘state of the literature' so far, and outline four areas that are moving the debate ‘beyond land grabs'. These include: (1) the role of contract farming and differentiation among farm workers in the consolidation of farmland; (2) the broader forms of dispossession and mechanisms of control and value grabbing beyond ‘classic’ land grabs for agricultural production; (3) discourses about, and responses to, Chinese agribusiness investments abroad; and (4) the relationship between financialization and land grabbing. Ultimately, we propose new directions to deepen and even transform the research agenda on land struggles and agroindustrial restructuring around the world.
Oliveira, G.D.L., McKay, B.M. and Liu, J., 2021. Beyond land grabs: new insights on land struggles and global agrarian change. Globalizations, 18(3), pp.321-338. Find the article here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rglo20/18/3