Just out: The Global Land Grab - Beyond the Hype

Cover The global land grab by Dr Mayke KaagThe last few years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of ‘land grabbing’ - the large-scale acquisition of land in the global South. It is a phenomenon against which locals seem defenceless, and one about which multilateral organizations such as the World Bank as well as civil-society organizations and action NGOs have become increasingly vocal.

This in-depth and empirically diverse volume takes a step back from the hype to explore a number of key questions: Does the ‘global land grab’ actually exist? If so, what is new about it? And what, beyond the immediately visible dynamics and practices, are the real problems? 

A comprehensive and much-needed intervention on one of the most hotly contested but little-understood issues facing global South countries today.

“The Global Land Grab represents an important break from the earlier wave of land grabs studies in at least three interlinked ways: in its look beyond the ‘here and now’ by historicizing analysis; in its grounded local-national studies; and in its comparative perspective across regions of the world.”

Saturnino M. Borras Jr.,  Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague

Author(s) / editor(s)

Mayke Kaag & Annelies Zoomers, eds.

About the author(s) / editor(s)

More information about Mayke Kaag, ASC.
More information about Annelies Zoomers, Utrecht University.

Full text, catalogue, and publisher website

How to order

The book can be ordered at Zed Books.

ISBN: 9781780328942
Number of pages: 272
Price paperback: $ 29,95