Centering labour in the land grab debate

Author/s Tania Murrai Li
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/128
Language Italian Pages 15 P. 61-75 File size 362 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2012-128005
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Proponents of large-scale industrial agriculture, notably the World Bank, argue that it will reduce poverty and provide jobs. They also argue that increased efficiency in agriculture is a necessary feature of the "agrarian transition" signalled by the movement of workers from farm to factory, and from country to city. This paper challenges these arguments, drawing from experience of colonial and contemporary Indonesia, and highlights the precarious position of people whose labour is not needed by the capitalist system, either on or off farm.

Keywords: Land, labour, agrarian transition, jobless growth, Indonesia, World Bank

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Tania Murrai Li, Mettere il lavoro al centro del dibattito sul land grab in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 128/2012, pp 61-75, DOI: 10.3280/SL2012-128005