Peasants, Populism and Postmodernism
The Return of the Agrarian Myth
By (author) Tom Brass
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Peasants, Populism and Postmodernism by Tom Brass
Book DescriptionTracing the way in which the agrarian myth has emerged and re-emerged over the past century in ideology shared by populism, postmodernism and the political right, the argument in this book is that at the centre of this discourse about the cultural identity of 'otherness'/ 'difference' lies the concept of and innate 'peasant-ness'. In a variety of contextually-specific discursive forms, the 'old' populism of the 1890s and the nationalism and fascism in Europe, America and Asia during the 1920s and 1930s were all informed by the agrarian myth. The postmodern 'new' populism and the 'new' right, both of which emerged after the 1960s and consolidated during the 1990s, are also structured discursively by the agrarian myth, and with it the ideological reaffirmation of peasant essentialism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714649405
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tom Brass
Class, Culture, and the Agrarian Myth, Paperback (April 2016)
Using examples from different historical contexts, this book examines the relationship between class, nationalism, modernity and the agrarian myth.
Latin American Peasants, Paperback (January 2003)
The essays in this collection examine agrarian transformation in Latin America and the role in this of peasants, with particular reference to Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Brazil and Central America.
Peasants, Populism and Postmodernism, Paperback (April 2000)
Tracing the emergence and re-emergence of the agrarian myth in the past century the argument in this book is that at the centre of the discourse about the cultural identity of "otherness/difference" lies the concept of an innate "peasant-ness".
Towards a Comparative Political Economy of Unfree Labour, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Tom Brass
Many works about agrarian change in the Third World assumes that unfree relations are to be eliminated in the course of capitalist development. This text argues that the incidence of bonded labour is greater than supposed, and that in certain situations rural employers prefer an unfree workforce.
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