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The end of the road?: agricultural revolutions in the capitalist World-ecology, 1450-2010
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Umeå Studies in Science, Technology, and Environments)
2010 (English)In: Journal of Agrarian Change, ISSN 1471-0358, E-ISSN 1471-0366, Vol. 10, no 3, 389-413 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Does the present socio-ecological impasse – captured in popular discussions of the ‘end’ of cheap food and cheap oil – represent the latest in a long history of limits and crises that have been transcended by capital, or have we arrived at an epochal turning point in the relation of capital, capitalism and agricultural revolution? For the better part of six centuries, the relation between world capitalism and agriculture has been a remarkable one. Every great wave of capitalist development has been paved with ‘cheap’ food. Beginning in the long sixteenth century, capitalist agencies pioneered successive agricultural revolutions, yielding a series of extraordinary expansions of the food surplus. This paper engages the crisis of neoliberalism today, and asks: Is another agricultural revolution, comparable to those we have known in the history of capitalism, possible? Does the present conjuncture represent a developmental crisis of capitalism that can be resolved by establishing new agro-ecological conditions for another long wave of accumulation, or are we now witnessing an epochal crisis of capitalism? These divergent possibilities are explored from a perspective that views capitalism as ‘world-ecology’, joining together the accumulation of capital and the production of nature in dialectical unity.

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Wiley - Blackwell , 2010. Vol. 10, no 3, 389-413 p.
Keyword [en]
capitalism as world-ecology, food crisis, ecological crisis, agricultural revolutions, world-systems analysis, economic history, environmental history, political ecology, historical sociology, historical geography, capital accumulation, world history, neoliberalism, biotechnology, financialization
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Business Administration Agricultural Science Economic History History of Technology Ethnology Economics Economic Geography Human Geography Sociology
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Economic History; History; Political Science; Sociology; Systems Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40895DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0366.2010.00276.xISI: 000279039800005OAI: diva2:403451
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-03-14 Last updated: 2015-10-06Bibliographically approved

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