Primitive accumulation and imperialism in relation to the reproduction of third world peasantries

Deborah Fahy Bryceson


Studies on Third World peasantries display a variety of approaches to
their subject matter. Most aim to describe the conditions of life of the
peasantries anthropologically, socio-economically arid/or physically. This
paper by contrast seeks to theoretically define the nature of Third World
peasantries vis-a-vis their social totality.
The first two sections are devoted to a consideration of primitive
accumulation and imperialism as described by Marx and Lenin respectively.
Both primitive accumulation and imperialism are important historical
processes of capitalist development, relevant to the formation of today's
Third World peasantries.

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