Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.

Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Landesque capital book now in press

In September, 2011, Thomas Håkansson and I convened an international workshop at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala to discuss the concept of landesque capital with the purpose of developing a book on the concept. The book is now in press at Left Coast Press. It has been a great time reading and editing all the intellectually challenging articles from this very committed group of scholars. In the introductory chapter we argue for the strength and usefulness of the concept of landesque capital. But this book also highlights some of the challenges and creative tensions of the concept as it is presently used. In sum the articles show that the concept of landesque capital opens up exciting possibilities for a comparative social science of past, present and future environments.   
Here is the content:
Chapter 1. Landesque Capital: What is the Concept Good For
Mats Widgren and Thomas Håkansson

Chapter 2. Economics and the Process of Making Farmland
William E. Doolittle

Chapter 3. Capital-esque Landscapes: Long-Term Histories of Enduring Landscape Modifications
Kathleen D. Morrison

Chapter 4. Taro Terraces, Chiefdoms and Malaria: Explaining Landesque Capital Formation in Solomon Islands
Tim Bayliss-Smith and Edvard Hviding

Chapter 5. World Systems Terraces: External Exchange and the Formation of Landesque Capital among the Ifugao, the Philippines
N. Thomas Håkansson

Chapter 6. Large scale Investments in Water Management in Europe and China, 1000-1800
Janken Myrdal

Chapter 7. Stonescape: Farmers’ Differential Willingness for Investment in Landesque Capital
Henrik Svensson

Chapter 8. The Social Life of Landesque Capital and a Tanzanian Case Study
Michael Sheridan

Chapter 9. The Temporality of Landesque Capital: Cultivation and the Routines of Pokot Life
Matthew I.J. Davies

Chapter 10. Irrigated Fields Are Wives: Indigenous Irrigation in Marakwet, Kenya
Wilhelm Östberg

Chapter 11. Correlating Landesque Capital and Ethno-political Integration in Pre-Columbian South America
Alf Hornborg, Love Eriksen and Ragnheiður Bogadóttir

Chapter 12. From Terraces to Trees: Ancient and Historical Landscape Changes in Southern Peru
Gregory Zaro

Chapter 13. The Antithesis to Degraded Land: Towards a Greener Conceptualization of Landesque Capital
Lowe Börjeson

Chapter 14. The Future of Landesque Capital
Tim Bayliss-Smith

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