In this unique exploration of relations between the generations in agrarian societies, Agriculture and the Generation Problem examines the dynamics of the transfer of agrarian resources and opportunities between the generations in rural communities, and argues that we must take generational relations seriously if we are to understand the future of farming and the fate of future generations in rural areas.
A Crisis of Social Reproduction?
Frameworks and Guiding Concepts
2 Generationing Agrarian Transformations
Socialist and Post-Socialist Transformations: China and the Soviet Union
Land Grabs and Corporate Farming
Commodification and “Green Revolutions” in Smallholder Farming
Generational Dimensions of Land and Agrarian Reforms
3 Growing Up Rural
Generational Divisions of Labour
Education, De-Skilling and Alienation
Pluriactivity and Plurilocality
4 Waiting for Land
Devolution: Modes of Intergenerational Resource Transmission
Intergenerational and Intragenerational Tensions
Intersections of Gender, Generation and Class: Structural Exclusions in Intergenerational Transfers
5 Who Wants to Be a Farmer?
Future Generations, Future Agricultures
Engaging with the Future: Rural Youth Aspirations
Voting with their Feet: Plurilocality in the Life-Course of Rural Youth
Rural Youth and Collective Action
A Future for Smallholder Farming?
'This little gem of a book explores the vexed question of the apparent global aversion of young people to becoming farmers. Richly illustrated with historical and contemporary examples, it demonstrates the complex links between class, gender and generational relations in agrarian households and communities, that are necessary to proper understanding of their generational reproduction.'
Henry Bernstein, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the University of London
'What will happen to tens of millions of rural youth in Asia and Africa who can’t march off to the city to find jobs, but whose pathways into productive farming futures are blocked? Ben White brings a wealth of insight, conceptual clarity and empirical depth to this urgent question. Highly recommended.'
Tania Li, Dept. Anthropology University of Toronto