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Pattenden, Jonathan, Campling, Liam, Castañón Ballivián, Enrique, Gras, Carla, Lerche, Jens, O'Laughlin, Bridget, Oya, Carlos, Pérez Niño, Helena and Sinha, Shreya (2021) 'Introduction: Covid‐19 and the conditions and struggles of agrarian classes of labour.' Journal of Agrarian Change, 21 (3). pp. 582-590.

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Covid-19 generated a crisis in capitalism, but not of capitalism. Capitalism reproduces itself in crisis and in ways that have significant but uneven impacts on the conditions and struggles of agrarian classes of labour. This article explores preliminary studies of how Covid-19 has affected agrarian social formations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the farmers, petty commodity producers, labourers and agribusinesses who populate them. It considers some of the implications for wage-labour, agriculture, accumulation and social reproduction including care work. And it briefly considers Covid-19's political impacts—in terms of the role of the state and possibilities for challenging capitalism, its violence and its ecological crisis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Covid-19, small farmers,labour, agri-business
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
ISSN: 14710358
Copyright Statement: © 2021 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2021 11:51

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