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> Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 37, no. 4, Special Issue:
> *The Politics of Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change*
> Guest Editors: Philip McMichael and Ian Scoones
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> The Journal of Peasant Studies special issue addresses key questions 
> on biofuels
> within agrarian political economy, political sociology and political 
> ecology.
> Contributions are based on fresh empirical materials from different 
> parts of the
> world. The collection’s starting point has been four key questions in 
> agrarian
> political economy: Who owns what? Who does what? Who gets what? And 
> what do they
> do with the surplus wealth? It also addresses the emergent social and 
> political
> relations in the biofuel complex, asking, ‘How do people interact with 
> each
> other’? And, given the impacts on natural resources and 
> sustainability, it also
> engages with questions about people-environment interactions, asking for
> example, ‘How do changes in politics get shaped by dynamic ecologies, 
> and vice
> versa’? At the same time, the collection is concerned with the politics of
> representation, that is, what are the discursive frames through which 
> biofuels
> are promoted and/or opposed? And what are the institutional 
> structures, and
> cultures of energy consumption on which a biofuels complex depends, 
> and what
> alternative political and ecological visions are emerging to call the 
> biofuels
> complex into question? Across 16 articles presenting material from 
> five regions
> across the North-South divide and focusing on 14 countries including 
> Brazil,
> Indonesia, India, USA and Germany, these questions are addressed 
> within the
> following themes: global (re)configurations; agro-ecological visions; 
> conflicts,
> resistances and diverse outcomes; state, capital and society relations;
> mobilising opposition, creating alternatives; and change and continuity.
> Table of Contents
> Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Philip McMichael & Ian Scoones, The politics 
> of biofuels, land and agrarian change: an introduction
> Ben White and Anirban Dasgupta, Agrofuels capitalism: a view from 
> political economy
> Philip McMichael, Agrofuels in the food regime
> Peter Dauvergne and Kate Neville, Forests, food, and fuel in the 
> tropics: the
> uneven social and ecological consequences of the emerging political 
> economy of
> biofuels
> Jennifer Franco, Les Levidow, David Fig, Lucia Goldfarb, Mireille 
> Hönicke, and
> Maria Luisa Mendonça, Assumptions in the European Union biofuels policy:
> frictions with experiences in Germany, Brazil and Mozambique
> Gail Hollander, Power is sweet: sugarcane in the global ethanol assemblage
> Sean Gillon, Fields of Dreams:  Negotiating an Ethanol Agenda in the 
> Midwest
> United States
> John Wilkinson and Selena Herrera, Biofuels in Brazil: Debates and Impacts
> Andre Novo, Kees Jansen, Maja Slingerland and Ken Giller, Biofuel, 
> Dairy Production and Beef in Brazil: Competing Claims on Land Use in 
> São Paulo State
> Bernardo Mançano Fernandes, Clifford Andrew Welch and Elienaí 
> Constantino Gonçalves, Agrofuel Politics in Brazil: Paradigmatic and 
> Territorial Disputes
> John McCarthy, Processes of inclusion and adverse incorporation: oil 
> palm and agrarian change in Sumatra, Indonesia
> Oliver Pye, The Biofuel Connection – Transnational Activism and the 
> Palm Oil Boom
> Pere Ariza-Montobbio, Sharachchandra Lele, Giorgos Kallis and Joan 
> Martinez-Alier, The political ecology of Jatropha curcas plantations 
> for biodiesel in Tamil Nadu, India
> Sonja Vermeulen & Lorenzo Cotula, Over the heads of local people: 
> consultation,
> consent and recompense in large-scale land deals for biofuels projects 
> in Africa
> Ben Richardson, Big Sugar in southern Africa: rural development and 
> the perverted potential of sugar/ethanol exports
> Carol Hunsberger, The politics of Jatropha-based biofuels in Kenya: 
> Convergence
> and divergence among NGOs, donors, government officials and farmers
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