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The CSI Guests Seminar will host
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Department,
Université de Californie à Santa Cruz
to discuss her book
Fields of Gold
Financing the Global Land Rush
Introduction to the discussion (discussant to be confirmed)
Cover back :
Fields of Gold critically examines the history, ideas, and political struggles surrounding the financialization of farmland. In particular, Madeleine Fairbairn focuses on developments in two of the most popular investment locations, the US and Brazil, looking at the implications of financiers’ acquisition of land and control over resources for rural livelihoods and economic justice.
At the heart of Fields of Gold is a tension between efforts to transform farmland into a new financial asset class, and land’s physical and social properties, which frequently obstruct that transformation. But what makes the book unique among the growing body of work on the global land grab is Fairbairn’s interest in those acquiring land, rather than those affected by land acquisitions. Fairbairn’s work sheds ethnographic light on the actors and relationships—from Iowa to Manhattan to São Paulo—that have helped to turn land into an attractive financial asset class.
Thanks to generous funding from UC Santa Cruz, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.
Madeleine Fairbairn, Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush, Cornell University Press, 2020.
The Guest Seminar Series is organized collectively by the CSI PhD students. It is open upon registration. Due to sanitary measures, the seminar is open to the public only online, and upon registration.
Registration: please fill out this form (soon available)
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