This new publication in the Initiatives of Critical Agrarian Studies small book series celebrates the contributions of scholar-activism in land struggles and scholarship
This book by Jun Borras and Jennifer Franco is about scholar-activism and political struggles for land. Scholar-activism is a way of working that tries to change society by combining the best features of radical academic and political activist traditions, despite the many contradictions and challenges that this entails.
The role played by scholar-activists in land struggles is important, but is not straightforward. This book unapologetically celebrates the contributions of scholar-activism in land struggles and scholarship, but more than this, it is about exploring the contradictions and challenges facing scholar-activism. It is neither a glorification of the achievements of scholar-activism, nor a set of prescriptive propositions on how to ‘do’ scholar-activism. Rather, it addresses contentious issues in scholar-activism, many of which are rarely discussed, or are discussed only gingerly and awkwardly when they cannot be avoided.
It is a book written by two scholar-activists who have focused their individual and collaborative research and activist works on the politics of land and the role played by radical agrarian movements. Insights in this book are drawn on the experiences of the authors working in the three main sites of global knowledge circuits: academic institutions, independent research institutions oriented to practical politics, and left-wing agrarian movements.
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Scholar-activism and land struggles is availale in paperback, hardcover and as an Open Access ebook
Praise for Scholar-activism and land struggles
Endorsements for Scholar-activism and land struggles describe it as a 'profound meditation on the role of academics working with movements for agrarian change' (Raj Patel, University of Texas at Austin), '[the authors] capture the real difficulties and tensions, but also the potency, of scholar-activism - and how it can, and does, strengthen agrarian struggles (Ruth Hall, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town) and ‘This book has been much needed for decades and it is a relief to have it now.' (Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, author, The New Peasantries).