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JPS Prize Winners

The Krishna Bharadwaj and Eric Wolf Prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding paper published in Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) by a ‘young scholar’, defined as someone who either is a graduate student or has held a PhD degree for no more than four years when the paper is submitted to the journal. The Prize, which comes with an award of £1000, commemorates two long-standing and distinguished members of the JPS Editorial Advisory Board: the political economist Krishna Bharadwaj (1935–1992) and Eric Wolf (1923–1999). The Prize Committee consists of three members of the JPS editorial team.

For the 2017-2018 Award, a committee composed of Amita Baviskar, Derek Hall and Ian Scoones reviewed six shortlisted papers. Without exception, all were excellent, covering a wide range of themes, each with a compelling combination of theoretical nuance and empirical depth. After much deliberation, the committee has chosen two joint prize-winners. Both papers offered clear, engaging accounts and had sophisticated perspectives on major themes in contemporary debates, supported by extensive fieldwork.

Thomas Paul Henderson’s paper - State–peasant movement relations and the politics of food sovereignty in Mexico and Ecuador – (vol. 44, issue no. 1) offers a nuanced comparative critique of food sovereignty movements, showing contrasting relationships with state practices. 

Ricardo Jacobs’ paper - An urban proletariat with peasant characteristics: land occupations and livestock raising in South Africa – (vol. 45, issue nos. 5-6) explores the dual character of livelihoods among urban-based livestock keepers in South Africa.

The paper is also based on long-term fieldwork, and connects this in interesting ways with wider theoretical debates about changing peasantries.

 

JPS Past Prize Winners

Article TitleAuthorJournal Title VolumeIssue
Urbanization through dispossession: survival and stratification in China's new townshipsJulia ChuangThe Journal of Peasant Studies 422 (2015)
‘Like gold with yield’: evolving intersections between farmland and financeMadeleine FairbairnThe Journal of Peasant Studies 415 (2014)
The land question: special economic zones and the political economy of dispossession in IndiaMichael LevienThe Journal of Peasant Studies 393 - 4 (2012)
No hay ganancia en la milpa: the agrarian question, food sovereignty, and the on-farm conservation of agrobiodiversity in the Guatemalan highlandsS. Ryan IsaksonThe Journal of Peasant Studies 364 (2009)
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Journal of Peasant Studies

A leading journal in the field of rural politics and development, The Journal of Peasant Studies ( JPS) provokes and promotes critical thinking about social structures, institutions, actors and processes of change in and in relation to the rural world. It fosters inquiry into how agrarian power relations between classes and other social groups are created, understood, contested and transformed. JPS pays special attention to questions of ‘agency’ of marginalized groups in agrarian societies, particularly their autonomy and capacity to interpret – and change – their conditions

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