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The Great Commodification and its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms

Hanne Cottyn (UGent) and Eric Vanhaute (UGent)
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This presentation applies a comparative and global perspective to regional trajectories of land reforms and rural change within a globalizing world (18th -21st centuries). The struggle over the allocation of (rights over) resources between owners of the land, users of the land and state structures acts as a centripetal force behind the intertwinement of the rural areas with global processes of capitalist incorporation. The commodification of land is shaped by and has shaped different though connected regional histories of incorporation for about five centuries now. This process intersects with other historical developments, such as economic transformations in view of increasing resource competition, ecological changes, increasing state control and the social reorganization of peasant livelihoods, in which peasant and indigenous peoples appear as active negotiators rather than mere objects of assimilation or segregation. New public regulations pertaining to land use have been a primary tool for opening access to labour and commodity production. State-induced land reforms have acted as a crucial instrument in the deepening and widening of centralized land regimes and can be adopted as revealing research entries for historical, comparative and global analyses of trajectories of rural transformation. Bringing the regional trajectories of rural transformation into dialogue enhances our understanding of how shifting regulations of access and property rights over land mould into interconnected, “uneven” and intensely negotiated trajectories.

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Cottyn, Hanne, and Eric Vanhaute. “The Great Commodification and Its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms.” Global Governance and Agrarian Justice. An International Colloquium. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies, 2016. Print.
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Cottyn, H., & Vanhaute, E. (2016). The Great Commodification and its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms. Global governance and agrarian justice. An international colloquium. Presented at the Global governance and agrarian justice, The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies.
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Cottyn, Hanne, and Eric Vanhaute. 2016. “The Great Commodification and Its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms.” In Global Governance and Agrarian Justice. An International Colloquium. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies.
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Cottyn, Hanne, and Eric Vanhaute. 2016. “The Great Commodification and Its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms.” In Global Governance and Agrarian Justice. An International Colloquium. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies.
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Cottyn H, Vanhaute E. The Great Commodification and its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms. Global governance and agrarian justice. An international colloquium. The Hague: International Institute of Social Studies; 2016.
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H. Cottyn and E. Vanhaute, “The Great Commodification and its Paradoxes. A Historical, Comparative and Global Perspective on Land Regimes and Land Reforms,” in Global governance and agrarian justice. An international colloquium, The Hague, 2016.
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