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Local Actors and the Making of Agricultural Investment
244 pages, 11 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80539-094-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (October 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80539-382-5 eBook Not Yet Published
“Fills a gap in the literature by foregrounding the processes that underpin agrifood financialization trends, framing them as negotiated phenomena that are made and remade at the level of everyday life.” • Michael Carolan, Colorado State University
“This is an excellent book. With careful scholarship and extensive on-the-ground field work, Langford explores the unfolding process of agricultural financialisation in Northern Australia in its complexity and messiness. The result is a theoretically sophisticated and nuanced account of how local actors respond to and mediate both the discursive and material dimensions of financialisation.” • André Magnan, University of Regina
Farmers, Indigenous organisations, government and private-sector intermediaries from remote Northern Australia often negotiate with private finance capital to gain funds for agricultural development.The concept of financialisation is used to explore the drivers and effects of agrifood restructuring in the area, while assemblage theory is applied to position local actors as potential sites of power in negotiating connections between local spaces and global finance. This book demonstrates that while financialisation is a useful signifier of patterns of global change, it is assembled by a diverse range of often contradictory work.
Zannie Langford is a Research Fellow at the Griffith University Asia Institute. Her current research explores technology driven changes in development financing in Indonesia and the Pacific. She has also undertaken a range of applied research projects focusing on land tenure, global value chains, smallholder agribusiness and rural development financing in Northern Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific.
Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologySociology
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