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The ‘agrarian question’ in the rear view mirror – some personal reflections

Djurfeldt, Göran LU (2017) Paper for the CROP-El Colegio de Mexico workshop Poverty and Peasant Persistence in the Contemporary World, Mexico City 13-15 March 2012
Abstract
After a long career in studying agricultural and rural development, in the following paper I take the opportunity to reflect on these issues in the rear view mirror. The advantage of this is of course that my biographical time span now covers a considerable historical one, starting with the apocalyptic alarms over the population bomb at the end of the 60s, especially in Asia, and the widespread fears of all‐encompassing famines in India and elsewhere. To many of us who were then in development studies, Malthus, Ehrlich and the Club of Rome were soon overshadowed by the renaissance of Marxism and by the ‘dependistas’, in whose perspective development was a sham, and for whom the capitalist or imperialist peripheries were doomed to... (More)
After a long career in studying agricultural and rural development, in the following paper I take the opportunity to reflect on these issues in the rear view mirror. The advantage of this is of course that my biographical time span now covers a considerable historical one, starting with the apocalyptic alarms over the population bomb at the end of the 60s, especially in Asia, and the widespread fears of all‐encompassing famines in India and elsewhere. To many of us who were then in development studies, Malthus, Ehrlich and the Club of Rome were soon overshadowed by the renaissance of Marxism and by the ‘dependistas’, in whose perspective development was a sham, and for whom the capitalist or imperialist peripheries were doomed to stagnation or even regression into increasing poverty. (Less)
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agrarian question , Chayanov, dependency theory, marxism
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Paper for the CROP-El Colegio de Mexico workshop Poverty and Peasant Persistence in the Contemporary World, Mexico City 13-15 March 2012
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  abstract     = {After a long career in studying agricultural and rural development, in the following paper I take the opportunity to reflect on these issues in the rear view mirror. The advantage of this is of course that my biographical time span now covers a considerable historical one, starting with the apocalyptic alarms over the population bomb at the end of the 60s, especially in Asia, and the widespread fears of all‐encompassing famines in India and elsewhere. To many of us who were then in development studies, Malthus, Ehrlich and the Club of Rome were soon overshadowed by the renaissance of Marxism and by the ‘dependistas’, in whose perspective development was a sham, and for whom the capitalist or imperialist peripheries were doomed to stagnation or even regression into increasing poverty.},
  author       = {Djurfeldt, Göran},
  keyword      = {agrarian question ,Chayanov,dependency theory,marxism},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  pages        = {12},
  title        = {The ‘agrarian question’ in the rear view mirror – some personal reflections},
  year         = {2017},
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