Constructing a New Framework for Rural Development by Pierluigi Milone, Flaminia Ventura, Jingzhong Ye

By Pierluigi Milone, Flaminia Ventura, Jingzhong Ye

This quantity seeks to respond to sleek questions and issues concerning peasants, their construction options, and their hyperlinks to wider society. long ago, peasants and their likely basic construction types were criticized for being not able to totally meet the desires of recent society, specially by way of international starvation, nutrition caliber, and sustainability. besides the fact that, usually overlooked is the myriad of latest projects that adjust the way in which nutrition is produced and advertised. New 'peasant markets' are created all over the place and new services abound. This quantity argues that those projects signify 'seeds of transition'; they're the 'sprouts' out of which new socio-technical modes for organizing construction and advertising and marketing emerge - 'sprouts' that, taken jointly, could be summarized as 'rural development'. This ebook severely discusses those new practices and the actors engaged in them. In doing so, it offers with a number of nations in 3 diverse continents (Asia, South the United States and Europe). It proposes new ideas and ways for a greater knowing of the re-emergence of peasants as crucial a part of smooth societies.

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In unravelling some of the details of this process, Mongbo skilfully guides the reader through a series of social situations that range from routine meetings, everyday encounters, to points of mounting political struggle. In so doing, he is able to identify a number of key issues and concepts that advance our understanding of development interfaces and of arenas of struggle and symbolic contestation. The study embraces a thorough documentation of the livelihoods, personal predicaments and status concerns of both government officers and different strata of the village population.

We assume that (a) these practices have certain traits in common, and (b) that there are important and intrinsic relations between the actors and practices, that is between the specific features of the actors and the specific characteristics of the practices they construct. Both (a) and (b) are still to be unravelled. In so doing we will need to keep in mind that each one informs and influences the other. The new practices that are constructed in, and as part of, rural development processes contain several distinctive features.

In this respect they are highly distinctive. They are not merely an expression of protest and contestation; nor are they forms of sabotage or foot dragging. Instead, they represent a struggle of the ‘third kind’ (van der Ploeg, 2008) that goes beyond contestation and/or sabotage. They are productive responses, creating not only new goods and services but also generating new forms of production, distribution and consumption. We believe that the ‘fingerprint’ of those creating these new practices can, in one way or another, be discerned in these practices and vice versa; the identities of those involved will be affected by the distinctive practices in which they are engaged.

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