After the Grab: Infrastructural Violence and the "Mafia System" Inside a Plantation Zone


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Brown Bag Presentation by Tania Murray Li

When: Feb 23 2015 - 12:00pm until Feb 23 2015 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3015 (3rd floor)

Plantations are back. Colonial-style large scale corporate monoculture of industrial crops on concession land is again expanding in the global south.  The land dimensions of this renewed expansion were thrust into public debate in 2008-9, when there was a spike in transnational land-acquisitions dubbed a global "land-grab."   Legitimating narratives for corporate grabs hinge on the need for efficient production to supply food and fuel for expanding populations, and the promise that plantations bring development to remote regions, reduce poverty and create jobs.  These narratives are powerful: time and again opposition to "land grabs" is dismissed on these grounds.  Present losses and harms are discounted in view of the brighter future that is to come. To move the debate forward, much more attention needs to be paid to what happens after the grab: what  form of "development" is actually produced? Where are the jobs, and who gets them?  What is a plantation?

Tania Murray Li teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy and Culture of Asia. Her publications include Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007) and many articles on land, development, resource struggles, community, class, and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia.

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