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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era$
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Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001

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Large-Scale Land Transactions: Actors, Agency, Interactions

Large-Scale Land Transactions: Actors, Agency, Interactions

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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era

Carol A. Hunsberger

Saturnino M. Borras

Jennifer C. Franco

Wang Chunyu

The MIT Press

Large-scale land acquisitions, popularly known as “land deals” or “land grabs,” bring together several important themes in global land-use change: competition for land, distal land connections, and governance across scales. Contemporary land grabbing occurs when actors with access to large-scale capital are able to capture control over vast tracts of land and other natural resources, often leading to changes in both land use and social relations. This chapter examines how the interaction of new actors and forms of political agency can help to explain the uneven character of contemporary land deals. It is proposed that the particular politics and histories of a given situation, the place-based characteristics of land and resources, and the interactions between mobilizations from below and the actions of state and capital from above all play a role in shaping the trajectories of contemporary land deals. Thus, greater integration between land-change science perspectives and social science perspectives could lead to an improved understanding of the variable processes and outcomes of land deals. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   land grabbing, distal land connections, land competition, governance, land deals

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