Jostein Jakobsen: Book Review - Farmers, Subalterns, and Activists: Social Politics of Sustainable Agriculture in India by Trent Brown
In Journal of Agrarian Change, 2019.
An important analytical focus in critical agrarian studies has been the emergence of what Philip McMichael (2009, 2013) calls the “corporate food regime.” Its counter‐hegemonic antithesis has been presented in the form of various social movements rallying for food sovereignty. Such an analytic has, as Henry Bernstein (2016) suggests, a somewhat “binary” character. One of the fallouts from binary tendencies—where industrialized, corporate agribusiness is poised vis‐à‐vis radically oppositional alternatives that are frequently exemplified by La Vía Campesina—is that we are left with an inadequately nuanced image of movements for sustainable agriculture. A major lacuna here is insufficient attention to actually existing experimentation for sustainable agriculture in many parts of the Global South.