Faculty Book: Marc Edelman

Marc Edelman, with Saturnino M. Borras Jr., and Cristóbal Kay, eds.

Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization, paperback
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)

Readers of this volume will encounter peasants and farmers who struggle at home and traverse national borders to challenge the World Trade Organization and other powerful global institutions. The book celebrates a dynamic sector of international civil society, and tackles the thorny questions of successes and failures, ethical and political dilemmas, troubled alliances with NGOs, protest repertoires, and representation claims; studies the activists in Brazil who uproot plots of genetically modified soybeans, forest dwellers in Indonesia who chop down rubber plantations to cultivate rice to feed their families, 'runaway villages' in China that take up arms to resist corrupt officials, and Mexican migrants who, having exited in desperation, return from abroad to transform their communities; and analyzes contemporary collective action in all its complexity, acknowledging ambiguities and contradictions, posing challenging questions, and providing concrete strategies for scholars and activists. Marc Edelman is a professor of anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 18, 2008

Category: Anthropology, Faculty Books