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Tania Murray Li

Class Formation and Agrarian Capitalism

by Tania Murray Li

Who owns what? Who does what? Who gets what? What do they do with the surplus? These four questions, concisely posed by agrarian scholar Henry Bernstein, offer a useful starting point for the analysis of rural class formation. The questions work especially well in places where ownership of farmland, and the capacity to invest surplus in increasing farm scale and efficiency determine which farmers can sustain their farms and accumulate...

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