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Social & Economic Transformations Affecting

Rural People and Communities in Central

& Eastern Europe Since 1990

Proceedings of Research Conference

Edited by: Barbora Babjakov√°, Anna Bandlerov√°, David L. Brown, Andrzej Kaleta, Laszlo J. Kulcsar, Joachim Singelmann
 


Accumulating Insecurity

Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life

Edited by Shelley Feldman, Charles Geisler, and Gayatri A. Menon 

Accumulating Insecurity examines the relationship between two vitally important contemporary phenomena: a fixation on security that justifies global military engagements and the militarization of civilian life, and the dramatic increase in day-to-day insecurity associated with contemporary crises in health care, housing, incarceration, personal debt, and unemployment.

Contributors to the volume explore how violence is used to maintain conditions for accumulating capital. Across world regions violence is manifested in the increasingly strained, often terrifying, circumstances in which people struggle to socially reproduce themselves. Security is often sought through armaments and containment, which can lead to the impoverishment rather than the nourishment of laboring bodies. Under increasingly precarious conditions, governments oversee the movements of people, rather than scrutinize and regulate the highly volatile movements of capital. They often do so through practices that condone dispossession in the name of economic and political security.


Contesting Development

Critical Struggles for Social Change

Edited by Philip McMichael 

At a time when the development promise is increasingly in question, with dwindling social gains, the vision of modernity is losing its legitimacy and coherence. This moment is observable through the lens of critical struggles of those who experience disempowerment, displacement and development contradictions.This book, which grew out of a Polson Institute Research Working Group on Social Movements, provides a set of case studies on the contested politics of development, along with framing essays by Phillip McMichael. An important additional feature is that the book as a whole reveals the limiting assumptions of development and suggests alternate conditions of possibility for social existence in the world today. In that sense, the book pushes the boundaries of "thinking about development" and makes an important theoretical contribution to the literature.