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    Stiefmoeder Aarde [Stepmother Earth] by Theun de Vries (1936)
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2020
    The Journal of Peasant Studies (2020). - ISSN 0306-6150
    Agrarian classic - anarchism - peasants - social logic - social struggles

    This article presents and discusses ‘Stepmother Earth', a novel written by the Frisian author Theun de Vries and published, for the first time, in 1936. This novel is a classic work in the tradition of agrarian studies. It stands out in linking critical theory with people’s everyday experiences and language. The text also reflects the political struggles that reigned the countryside at the time of writing. The book still is remarkably relevant and, in a way, up to date.

    From biomedical to politico-economic crisis: the food system in times of Covid-19
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2020
    The Journal of Peasant Studies 47 (2020)5. - ISSN 0306-6150 - p. 944 - 972.
    Covid-19 pandemic - food chains - food sovereignty - peasant agriculture

    The Covid-19 disease is quickly developing into a deep, global and enduring politico-economic crisis that involves a rapid disarticulation of the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. The badly balanced world market and the high degree of financialization of both primary agricultural production and food chains are decisive factors in this. The crisis highlights that the real economy is far too dependent on the financial economy. Financial capital operates as a paralyzing force. In this situation food sovereignty, peasant agriculture, territorial markets and agroecology emerge as indispensable ingredients for a recovery.

    A collective response from food sovereignty scholars on the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy
    Alberdi, Goiuri ; Begiristain Zubillaga, Mirene ; Brent, Zoe ; Choplin, Gérard ; Claeys, Priscilla ; Conti, Mauro ; Corrado, Alessandra ; Duncan, Jessica ; Ferrando, Tomaso ; McKeon, Nora ; Marinis, Pietro De; Milgroom, Jessica ; Moeller, Nina I. ; Nicol, Poppy ; Onorati, Antonio ; Plank, Christina ; Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der; Rivera Ferre, Marta G. ; Sharma, Divya ; Sotiropoulou, Irene ; Tornaghi, Chiara ; Dyck, Barbara Van - \ 2020
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    Farmers’ upheaval, climate crisis and populism
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2020
    The Journal of Peasant Studies 47 (2020)3. - ISSN 0306-6150 - p. 589 - 605.
    climate crisis - Entrepreneurial agriculture - populism - protests - ‘agribashing’

    This article aims to unravel underlying reasons for the enigmatic outburst of farmers’ fury that swept large parts of Europe in the autumn of 2019. It does so by focussing on the Netherlands where the upheaval was particularly striking. Farmers’ resentment against ‘agribashing’ was a common theme in the many protests. This refers to, and simultaneously delegitimizes, all critiques of the current organization of farming and the unequal international patterns in which it is embedded. The article argues that the currently emerging farmers’ movement basically represents a regressive populism. It ignores the many-sided crisis of agriculture (related to ever increasing use of nitrogen, pesticides and energy that contribute to the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity) and the politico-economic processes and unequal power relations underlying this. Although this movement creates many smoke screens, it is essentially fighting for the reproduction of the same order that makes a substantial contribution to these multiple crises. As international comparison shows, this new form of right-wing, rural populism reflects the degree to which entrepreneurial agriculture has internalized the logic of capital: it needs ongoing expansion, both for material and symbolic reasons. Peasant agriculture could provide a much needed counter-image to this. In practice, though, it is highly segmented and dispersed and is in urgent need of a new unifying device.

    The incursions of extractivism : moving from dispersed places to global capitalism
    Ye, Jingzhong ; Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der; Schneider, Sergio ; Shanin, Teodor - \ 2020
    The Journal of Peasant Studies 47 (2020)1. - ISSN 0306-6150 - p. 155 - 183.
    BRICS - Extractivism - production and reproduction - resistance

    The commonplace notion of extractivism relates to the production of value through physically extractive processes (mining, oil extraction, certain kinds of agriculture, etc.) where value generation is necessarily temporary and generally followed by barrenness and an inability to sustainably reproduce livelihoods in the affected habitat. In this article we aim to rethink extractivism in more general, politico-economic terms, i.e. as a particular way of structuring the processes of production and reproduction. This allows us to ask if extractivism is limited to the sectors mentioned above or a pattern that could, actually or potentially, emerge in other sectors of the economy. This paper also aims to contribute to the debate on the rise, and current problems, of emerging economies and how they relate to global capitalism. It develops the hypothesis that at least some of the BRICS countries have operated as laboratories in which extractivism has been developed into a wider politico-economic system that is now also being applied outside the BRICS countries.

    Local inter-farm cooperation: A hidden potential for the agroecological transition in northern agricultures
    Lucas, Véronique ; Gasselin, Pierre ; Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2019
    Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 43 (2019)2. - ISSN 2168-3565 - p. 145 - 179.
    agroecology - CUMA - farmers’ cooperation - Local inter-farm cooperation - machinery cooperatives - sharing arrangements

    In the Global North, local inter-farm cooperation offers opportunities for farmers to better access and manage equipment, labor and material resources. Yet, its potential to pave the way to organize the local collaborations needed for the agroecological transition remains hidden. This paper, based on the experience of French farm machinery cooperatives (CUMA), shows how local inter-farm cooperation can help make farming systems more agroecological. We conclude by arguing that local inter-farm cooperation warrants more attention, both to help strengthen its development and to expand its potential for contributing to the agroecological transition.

    Closing cycles together
    Ploeg, Jandouwe van der - \ 2019
    Maak onderscheid tussen boeren
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2019
    Nederlands Dagblad (2019). - ISSN 1570-7970 - p. 12 - 13.
    Boerenfront lang niet zo eensgezind als het lijkt
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2019
    De Volkskrant 98 (2019)29043. - p. 20 - 21.
    De agrarische sector is het Griekenland van de Nederlandse economie
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2019
    From de-to repeasantization : The modernization of agriculture revisited
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2018
    Journal of Rural Studies 61 (2018). - ISSN 0743-0167 - p. 236 - 243.
    The article discusses depeasantisation and repeasantisation as unequal but combined processes.
    Social sciences contributed to the depeasantisation.
    Depeasantisation and repeasantisation are far from outdated notions.
    Rural development: From practices and policies towards theory
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe Van Der; Renting, Henk ; Brunori, Gianluca ; Knickel, Karlheinz ; Mannion, Joe ; Marsden, Terry ; Roest, Kees De; Sevilla-Guzmán, Eduardo ; Ventura, Flaminia - \ 2017
    In: The Rural / Munton, R., Taylor and Francis - ISBN 9780754627210 - p. 201 - 218.
    The rural livelihood framework that has emerged from the debate on sustainable rural development is especially useful for analyzing rural development practices as actively constructed household strategies. Many scientists are finding it difficult to come to grips with the new model of rural development that emerges slowly but persistently in both policy and practice. Interactions with non-specific rural development policies at times are more important for their development. By stressing the dialectics between the real and the potential, rural development theory deviates intrinsically from the determinism of modernization approaches. If convincing and more comprehensive definitions are to emerge, it is essential that rural development be recognized as a multi-level process rooted in historical traditions. It is the complex institutional setting of rural development that makes it a multi-actor process. Perhaps the most dramatic expression of this has been the growing squeeze on agriculture and therefore on the rural economy in general.
    Ploeg, Jandouwe van der - \ 2017

    Hoogleraar Jan Douwe van der Ploeg nam op 26 januari afscheid. Hij zette de Wageningse sociologie op de kaart met zijn bedrijfsstijlenonderzoek. Maar bovenal was hij criticaster van de mainstream landbouw en het wetenschappelijke bedrijf. ‘Jan Douwe’ in zeven bedrijven.

    The collective action on governing the commons in the surroundings of protected areas
    Araújo Pereira, Márcio de; Schneider, Sérgio ; Ploeg, Jandouwe van der; Souza, Marcelino de - \ 2016
    Ambiente & Sociedade 19 (2016)4. - ISSN 1414-753X - p. 21 - 38.
    Collective action - Commons - Protected areas - Socio-ecological systems (SES)

    This work has as its theme the common natural resources and the management models that allow new governance systems in the rural areas in the surrounding of protected areas. In this sense, this paper aims to discuss the collective action of social actors in the management of common natural resources in the surroundings of the National Park of Serra da Bodoquena (PNSB). Based on institutional approach for the study of the self-organisation and self-governance in common-pool resources situations developed by Elinor Ostrom, the investigation sought the theoretical explanation of phenomena. The conclusions point out that the expected mobilisation of groups of individuals in the pursuit of common goals is twofold. In this case, the participants of the action arena create different goals and different collective actions according to their interests.

    The importance of peasant agriculture: a neglected truth
    Ploeg, Jan Douwe van der - \ 2016
    Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - ISBN 9789463430661 - 27
    Family farming in Europe and Central Asia : history, characteristics, threats and potentials
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2016
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) Working Paper 153) - ISBN 9789251095386 - 40 p.
    El campesinado Y el arte de la agricultura : Un manifesto chayanoviano
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2016
    Icaria - ISBN 9788498887464 - 180 p.
    The Malleability of Employment and the Turn to Agro-Ecology
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2016
    In: Sustainability of Rural Areas in Practice. - Nitra : Slovak University of Agriculture - ISBN 9788055215747 - p. 68 - 79.
    China's Peasant Agriculture and Rural Society : Changing paradigms of Farming
    Ploeg, J.D. van der; Ye, Jingzhong - \ 2016
    Abingdon : Routledge (Routledge Contemporary China Series ) - ISBN 9781138187177 - 290 p.
    El Camponeses e a arte da agricultura
    Ploeg, J.D. van der - \ 2016
    Sao Paulo : UFRGS Editora (Série Estudos Rurais PGDR ) - ISBN 9788538602873 - 222 p.
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