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Landlords, Land Companies, Farmers, and Migrant Workers in Global Agrarian Capitalism until the First World War
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities. Historia. (AMER)
2005 (English)In: Przeglad Polonijny, ISSN 0137-303X, Vol. XXXI, no 1, p. 67-86Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, I want to outline some perspectives of the political economy of the mass migration, which can be connected to agrarian capitalism as a world wide and long lasting process. One of its starting points is the changing nature of landowning from vague definitions of ownership to a distinct individual one, whereby land turned into a commodity on a growing land market. The process started in England and continued in the northwestern parts of the European continent, and then it was developed in areas, where Europeans settled as landowners.

Another starting point is the proletarianization process that is connected to the changing nature of land ownership, meaning that sons and daughters faced growing difficulties to take over the family farm but instead had to turn into laborers or try to find land somewhere else. Thus, the mass migration that leads to settling and homesteading in another land - may it be North America, South Africa, Australia or Bosnia - should be looked upon as a way of avoiding proletarianization but instead keeping the social position as a farmer. Often that mass migration included ejection of native peoples, who did not practice individual and private land owning principles.

Some of the farmers - the agrarian bourgeoisie - were one of the foundations of capitalist modes of production, and they employed farm workers permanently or for seasonal work in large numbers. These workers migrated to areas with large-scale commercial farming. Where the large migrant settlers/homesteaders demanded large numbers of workers but could not get them as for instance in the southern parts of North America and South Africa, forced labor was recruited in different ways. In those cases, the class relations were racialized, indicating that mass migration often must be connected to an analysis of ethnic relations. I will also touch upon the issue of the gendered and generational perspective of mass migration within a growing, worldwide agrarian capitalism.

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Polska Academia Nauk , 2005. Vol. XXXI, no 1, p. 67-86
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Agricultural Science Economic History History
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Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3728DiVA, id: diva2:203685
Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2017-09-07Bibliographically approved

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