'The end of alternatives?'

Mindi Schneider
Assistant Professor Mindi Schneider

New publication by Assistant Professor Mindi Schneider

Assistant Professor Mindi Schneider has published a paper with Dr. Alexander Day entitled The end of alternatives? Capitalist transformation, rural activism and the politics of possibility in China.

This paper examines the politics of possibility for rural activism in reform era China. The authors argue that the current modernization–urbanization drive that emerged around 2008 is foreclosing opportunities for the pro-peasant cooperative forms that New Rural Reconstruction activists imagined earlier in the decade.

Instead, as the process of capitalist agrarian change deepens in the countryside, food- and farming-related activism now resembles the state’s focus on markets and consumption, to the detriment of addressing social relations of production.

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The paper is part of Dr Schneider and Dr Day’s collaborative research project entitled, Feeding China: The Project on China’s Food Histories, Geographies, and Ecologies.