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What shall we do without our land? land grabs and resistance in rural Cambodia

Abstract: "Political dynamics of the global land grab are exemplified in Cambodia, where at least 27 forced evictions took place in 2009, affecting 23,000 people. Evictions of the rural poor are legitimized by the assumption that non-private land is idle, marginal, or degraded and available for capitalist exploitation. This paper: (1) questions the assumption that land is idle; (2) explores whether land grabs can be regulated through a ‘code of conduct’; and (3) examines peasant resistance to land grabs. Overall, the Cambodian case studies confirm that land grabs are not benefiting the rural poor, but they challenge the process of dispossession. Although ‘everyday forms of peasant politics’ are prevalent, more organized and structured forms of political contention by rural poor communities and their NGO allies are slowly emerging." Presented at the International Conference on Global Land Grabbing, 6-8 April 2011.

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Field Value
Document type Conference/workshop proceedings and presentations
Language of document
  • English
  • Economic land concessions and plantations
  • Economic social and cultural rights
  • Land
  • Land and housing rights and evictions
  • Land classifications
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Author (individual) Schneider, Alison Elizabeth
Publication date 2011
Pagination 36 p
General note

Paper presented at International Conference on Landgrabbing,Brighton,University of Sussex,April 2011.

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Date modified June 17, 2016, 11:26 (UTC)