Not About Land, Not Quite a Grab: Dispersed Dispossession in Rural Russia

Vorbrugg, Alexander Benjamin (2019). Not About Land, Not Quite a Grab: Dispersed Dispossession in Rural Russia. Antipode, 51(3), pp. 1011-1031. Wiley 10.1111/anti.12523

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In most literature in geography and agrarian studies, rural dispossession is neatly related to land rights or access, a trend that increased with debates about the recent wave of farmland investments worldwide. Drawing on long-term fieldwork in rural Russia, this paper critiques that focus and the assumed nexus between rural dispossession and farmland, as is prevents an understanding of more dispersed stakes, modes and temporalities of dispossession. I introduce the concept of dispersed dispossession which advances our understanding of social and relational objects of dispossession beyond natural resources (such as sustaining institutions and infrastructures), and the tangled, complex, often slow and silent modes and temporalities of dispossession beyond spectacular events. I show how the concept sheds new light on current agrarian change in Russia, and how it contributes to debates on (rural) dispossession and “land grabs” more generally.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Vorbrugg, Alexander Benjamin

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0066-4812

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

21 May 2019 13:38

Last Modified:

21 May 2019 13:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/anti.12523

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.129177

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/129177

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