Rural History 2015

Panel 39

Organizers: BOTELLA-RODRIGUEZ, ELISA (1); SERRANO-ALVAREZ, JOSE (2)

Affiliation: 1: UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA Spain; 2: UNIVERSIDAD OBERTA DE CATALUNYA SPAIN

Title: The Land Question in retrospective: from colonisation to land grabbing (1700-2014)

"This panel proposal aims to analyse persistent problems of peasant’s access to land, considering similarities and divergences indentified in different historic periods. Land has been one of most significant and problematic production factors during the different periods of economic development. To name a few, this panel considers colonisation and forced movements of indigenous populations (from 1600 to 1900), liberal reforms and enclosures implemented in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries; peasant movements and land concentration by transnational corporations and states in the global era, and more recent processes of land grabbing in less developed countries (especially significant in Africa and other Latin American countries such as Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina). Sometimes these developments have resulted in communal land privatisation and the cut of property rights; this is the case of enclosures largely analysed in economic history. However, in other cases peasants have been directly or indirectly forced to abandon their lands by TNCs and governments. In this vein, the panel welcomes new research lines on these phenomena and their economic, social and environmental consequences. Accordingly, the panel calls for every historical period and geographical area from different disciplines."

 

Papers

Chair and discussant: Elisa Botella Rodríguez, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; and José Antonio Serrano Álvarez

Paper 1: Land Inequality, an Obstacle to Human Capital Development in Spain during the Eighteenth Century.

Èric Gómez-i-Aznar, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Paper 2: The making of the landlord: The case of Jesuit priests in Portuguese America (domain Fazenda de Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1596 to 1759) [+]

Manoela Pedroza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Paper 3: Land grabbing and the third food regime: a theoretical discussion [+]

Ángel Luis González Esteban , University of Salamanca, Spain.

Paper 4: Land concentration and distribution: old and new perspectives from agricultural history.

José Antonio Serrano, Universidad Oberta de Catalunya, Spain; and Elisa Botella-Rodríguez, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

 

Suggested deadline for sending completed papers 31 july 2015

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