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Title: Accumulation by and without dispossession : rural land use, land expropriation, and livelihood implications in China
Authors: Zhan, Shaohua
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Zhan, S. (2019). Accumulation by and without dispossession : rural land use, land expropriation, and livelihood implications in China. Journal of Agrarian Change, 19(3), 447-464. doi:10.1111/joac.12304
Project: M4011677
Journal: Journal of Agrarian Change
Abstract: Land expropriation and peasant resistance in China have been widely noted, but the many cases in which peasants consent to give up land have drawn less attention. This paper conceptualizes and examines an alternative development practice: accumulation without dispossession (AWD), a concept first developed by Gillian Hart and Giovanni Arrighi. AWD may arise if accumulation takes place without (completely) depriving rural producers of the right to assets and benefits. The paper examines multiple forms of AWD and makes two main arguments. First, land expropriation does not necessarily lead to dispossession if peasants are compensated with valuable flats, commercial venues, and/or secure jobs. Due to its positive effects on social equality and livelihood security, AWD may offer an alternative vision in the era of neoliberal dispossession. Second, the outcome of land expropriation in China has varied substantially across space and time. In general, there has been a shift away from AWD in the 1980s following the neoliberal reform in the 1990s, but in the recent decade, there has been some movement back towards AWD due to peasant protests, though only to a limited degree. Nevertheless, the majority of peasants losing land have not received compensation sufficient to sustain a secure livelihood.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/143336
ISSN: 1471-0358
DOI: 10.1111/joac.12304
Rights: This is the accepted version of the following article: Zhan, S. (2019). Accumulation by and without dispossession : rural land use, land expropriation, and livelihood implications in China. Journal of Agrarian Change, 19(3), 447-464, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/joac.12304. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Wiley Self-Archiving Policy [https://authorservices.wiley.com/authorresources/Journal-Authors/licensing/self-archiving.html].
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