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Governing precarious lives: Land grabs, geopolitics, and 'food security'


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Abstract

jats:pThis paper has a two‐part structure. The first part of the paper explores contemporary land grabs and shows how they both reflect and constitute a new neoliberal governance structure over land and land‐based resources. In this sense, what is noteworthy about land grabs is their world‐making capacity: the deals structure and make possible new relations of power in the global food economy. For this very reason, it is crucial to understand how land grabs affect both thejats:italicpace</jats:italic>andjats:italicdirection</jats:italic>of agrarian change. The second part of the paper examines the discursive strategies that align ‘food security’ concerns with land‐grabbing practices. Here<jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">I</jats:styled-content>suggest that ‘food security’ supplies a moral sanction for land grabs. By mustering public empathy around a desire to ‘feed the future’, food security discourse – to borrow an idea from Fassin (2012) – converts a relationship of dominance (the governance of precarious lives) into a relationship of assistance (the provision of a remedy).</jats:p>

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Keywords

food security, land grabs, geopolitics, political economy, governmentality, agriculture

Journal Title

Geographical Journal

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Journal ISSN

0016-7398
1475-4959

Volume Title

181

Publisher

Wiley
Sponsorship
Leverhulme Trust (unknown)