Session 8 – Le capitalisme agraire

« Agrarian Capitalim, War and Peace in Colombia – Beyond Dispossession »

La 8ème session du séminaire « Économie politique des capitalismes » – organisé avec le Centre Emile Durkheim – aura lieu le vendredi 3 décembre de 13h à 15h et sera consacré au capitalisme agraire.

Jacobo Grajales (CERAPS, Un. de Lille) viendra présenter son ouvrage : « Agrarian Capitalim, War and Peace in Colombia – Beyond Dispossession » (Routledge, 2021).

Based on extensive research conducted in Colombia since 2009, this book addresses the connection between land grabbing and agrarian capitalism, as well as the unfulfilled promises of peace and justice. While land remains a key resource at the core of many contemporary civil wars, the impact of high-intensity armed violence on the formation of agrarian capitalism is seldom discussed. Drawing on nearly 200 interviews, archival research, and geographical data, this book examines land grabbing and the role of violence in capital with a particular focus on one key actor in the Colombian civil war: paramilitary militias. This book demonstrates how the intricate ties between armed conflict and economy formation are obscured by the widespread belief that violence is a radical form of action, breaking with the normal course of society and disconnected from the legal economy. Under this view, dispossession is perceived as diametrically opposed to capitalist accumulation. This belief is enormously influential in precisely those bureaucratic agencies that are in charge of peacebuilding, both domestically and internationally. However, this narrow view of the relationship between armed violence and capitalism belies the close ties between plunder and lawful profit, and obscures the continuity between violent dispossession and the free market. By the same token, it legitimizes post-war inequality in the name of capitalist development. The book concludes by arguing that the promotion of radical democracy in the government of land and rural development emerges as the only reasonable path for pacifying a violent polity. The book is essential reading for students, scholars, and development aid practitioners interested in land and resource grabbing, agrarian capitalism, civil wars, and conflict resolution.

Discutants :

  • Antoine Roger (Centre Emile Durkeim, Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Xabier Itçaina (CNRS, Centre Emile Durkeim)


Citer ce billet
Séminaire Économie Politique (2021, 29 novembre). Session 8 – Le capitalisme agraire. Économie politique des capitalismes. Consulté le 15 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://econopol.hypotheses.org/230

Séminaire Économie Politique

Séminaire d'Economie politique des capitalismes joints aux laboratoires CED et LAM à Sciences Po Bordeaux.

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