Race and Rurality in the Global Economy

Edited by Michaeline A. Crichlow, Patricia Northover, and Juan Giusti-Cordero

Subjects: Sociology, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Anthropology
Series: SUNY Press Open Access
Hardcover : 9781438471310, 324 pages, October 2018
Paperback : 9781438471303, 324 pages, July 2019

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Table of contents

List of Tables and Illustrations

Philip McMichael

Michaeline A. Crichlow, Patricia Northover, and Juan Giusti-Cordero

1. Global Economies and Historical Change: Rethinking Social Struggles and Transformations in Africa’s Zones of Rurality (1500–1800)
Ray A. Kea

2. Making Development through Rural Initiative “Unthinkable”: Tanzania in the Time of Ujamaa
James Giblin

3. Racialization and the Historical Production of Contemporary Land Rights Inequalities in Upland Northern Thailand
Daniel B. Ahlquist and Amanda Flaim

4. Making Things for Living, and Living a Life with Things
Olivia Maria Gomes da Cunha

5. Race and Class Marginalization in the Globalization of the Rice Industry
Wazir Mohamed

6. At the Margins of Citizenship: Oil, Poverty, and Race in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Gabriela Valdivia

7. Racing the Reservation: Rethinking Resistance and Development in the Navajo Nation
Dana E. Powell
8. Rediscovering Afro-American Ruralities: The Mississippi Delta and Loiza (Puerto Rico) as Cultural Hot Spots
Juan Giusti-Cordero
9. Race in the Reconstruction of Rural Society in the Cotton South since the Civil War
Jeannie Whayne

Essays that examine globalization's effects with an emphasis on the interplay of race and rurality as it occurs across diverse geographies and peoples.


Issues of migration, environment, rurality, and the visceral "politics of place" and "space" have occupied center stage in recent electoral political struggles in the United States and Europe, suffused by an antiglobalization discourse that has come to resonate with Euro-American peoples. Race and Rurality in the Global Economy suggests that this present fractious global politics begs for closer attention to be paid to the deep-rooted conditions and outcomes of globalization and development. From multiple viewpoints the contributors to this volume propose ways of understanding the ongoing processes of globalization that configure peoples and places via a politics of rurality in a capitalist world economy, and through an optics of raciality that intersects with class, gender, identity, land, and environment. In tackling the dynamics of space and place, their essays address matters such as the heightened risks and multiple states of insecurity in the global economy; the new logics of expulsion and primitive accumulation dynamics shaping a new "savage sorting"; patterns of resistance and transformation in the face of globalization's political and environmental changes; the steady decline in the livelihoods of people of color globally and their deepened vulnerabilities; and the complex reconstitution of systemic and lived racialization within these processes. This book is an invitation to ask whether our dystopia in present politics can be disentangled from the deepening sense of "white fragility" in the context of the historical power of globalization's raced effects.

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Michaeline A. Crichlow is Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Duke University. Patricia Northover is Senior Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Mona. Together, they are the authors of Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation. Juan Giusti-Cordero is Professor of History and Director of the Caribbean Social Science Archive at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He is the coeditor (with Ulbe Bosma and G. Roger Knight) of Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800–1940.