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(Re)imagining Agrarian Relations? The World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development


  • A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi

    1. is Professor of International Development Studies at Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Canada K9J 7B8; e-mail: His most recent book, co-edited with Cristóbal Kay, is Peasants and Globalization: Political Economy, Rural Transformation and the Agrarian Question.
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  • The preliminary ideas for this article were presented to the Development Studies Seminar at the Center for International Studies at the University of Toronto in December 2007, at the Trans-Disciplinary Research-in-Progress Seminar at Trent University in March 2008, and to the 2007–08 students on my second year undergraduate course on Agrarian Change and the Global Politics of Food at Trent University. I am grateful for the incisive comments that I received at both seminars and, of course, from my students. I am also grateful to Cristóbal Kay, Bridget O'Laughlin and Paul Shaffer.