ICAS Book Series on Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies

Little Books on Big Issues

Scientifically rigorous, accessible, politically relevant, policy-oriented, highly affordable, state-of the-art books in multiple language editions

Big promotional discount for purchases from Europe (promo for US/Canada will follow soon via a separate announcement)! A set of 5 books (Books 2 to 6) for £47.00!

Book I: Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change by Henry Bernstein
Book II: Peasants and the Art of Farming: A Chayanovian Manifesto by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Book III: Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions by Philip McMichael
Book IV: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development by Ian Scoones
Book V: Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements by Marc Edelman & Saturnino M. Borras Jr.
Book VI: Agrarian Change, Migration and Development by Raúl Delgado Wise & Henry Veltmeyer

Note 1: Book I by Bernstein is available only in the US/Canada promo package)
Note 2: Purchase from outside Europe at the Practical Action website is possible, but mailing cost may be expensive. Please check with PA first. Or, explore purchase possibilities through your local bookstore

English Edition Publishers: Fernwood Publishing (Canadian edition); Practical Action (international edition)

Book series available in 9 non-English language editions from prestigious publishers: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Bahasa, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian.

 For further information, see the attached flyer, and explore: www.iss.nl/icas


About the ICAS book series

Why a book series?

Because global poverty remains a largely rural phenomenon so ending poverty is closely linked to eradicating rural poverty.

ICAS books will be:

  • scientifically rigorous
  • accessible
  • politically relevant
  • policy-oriented
  • highly affordable
  • state-of-the-art

The target audience includes:

  • NGOs
  • social movement activists
  • international development agency officials and workers
  • government bureaucrats especially in the global South
  • (under) graduate students and teachers
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Why critical and for whom?

This book series will address the needs of academics, social movement activists and development practitioners with scientifically rigorous, accessible, politically relevant, policy-oriented and highly affordable books in critical agrarian studies.

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What kinds of books and how to solicit manuscripts?

  • As a rule, no edited volumes
  • Most volumes in the series will be invited manuscripts
  • Peer reviewed
  • Semi-structured format
  • Will explain a specific development issue

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What topics?

The overarching theme is rural development – in its broadest definition, and not in isolation from the rest of the non-rural world, and within the broad analytical lenses of agrarian political-economy, political ecology and political sociology.

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Who will write the books and on what terms?

The books will be written by leading scholars who have already carried out significant work in the field.

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Book series editors


Saturnino M. Borras Jr.-Professor of Agrarian Studies at ISS.

Zoe Brent- Researcher at Transnational Institute.

Ruth Hall - PLAAS, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Christina Schiavoni - PhD researcher at ISS. Max Spoor - Professor of Development Studies at ISS. Henry Veltmeyer - Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico

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International Editorial Committee

Gonzalo Colque, Fundacion Tierra, Bolivia

Alessandra Corrado, University of Calabria, Italy

Raul Delgado-Wise, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico

Lyda Fernanda,Transnational Institute

Shuji Hisano, Kyoto University

Koichi Ikegami, Kinki University

Xarles Iturbe, ENHE, Bilbao

Bernardo Mancano Fernandes, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Presidente Prudente (UNESP)

Alexander Nikulin, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow

Joana Pereira Leite, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Laksmi Savitri, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Sergio Schneider, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, Brazil

Teodor Shanin, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Ye Jingzhong, China Agricultural University, Beijing 

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Current and some of the forthcoming titles

BOOK 1:Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change

by Henry Bernstein, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. He was editor of the Journal of Peasant Studies (1985-2000), and founding editor, again with Terence J. Byres, of the Journal of Agrarian Change (2001). He is Adjunct Professor at COHD, China Agricultural University, Beijing.

Release date (English edition): August 2010.

Currently being translated to Chinese, Spanish, PortugueseTurkish and Japanese; Bahasa and Thai editions in 2015, Russian edition underway.

BOOK 2:Peasant and the Art of Farming: A Chayanovian Manifesto

by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Professor of rural sociology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and at China Agricultural University in Beijing.He is chief editor of the English language collection European Perspectives on Rural Development, published by Van Gorcum in Assen, the Netherlands.

Release date (English edition): March 2013.

BOOK 3: Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions

by Philip McMichael, Professor in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University and the author of Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective.

Release date (English edition): November 2013

BOOK 4:Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development

by Ian Scoones, co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex and joint convenor of the IDS-hosted Future Agricultures Consortium,UK

Release date (English edition): August 2015

BOOK 5: Transnational Agrarian Movements

by Marc Edelman and Saturnino M. Borras Jr.

City University of New York and International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Release date (English edition): early spring 2016

BOOK 6: Migration, Development and Agrarian Change

Raul Delgado-Wise and Henry Veltmeyer, Autonomous University of Zacatecas

Release date: early spring 2016

Others in the pipeline (signed contract):

Financialization, agriculture and food system

Jennifer Clapp (U of Waterloo) and Ryan Isakson (U of Toronto)

Science and politics of agroecology

Miguel Altieri (UC Berkeley) and Peter Rosset (Mexico)

Ecological dimension of food regimes

Harriet Friedmann (U of Toronto)

The idea is to release maximum of 2 books per year.

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The book series is an initiative of the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS – www.iss.nl/icas).

The book series gets a modest fund support from the Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), the Netherlands.

Corresponding series editor: Jun Borras – borras@remove-this.iss.nl