Back to the land: which return? To what land?

Emanuele Leonardi


We are living a time of crisis for both the metropolis form and the post-fordist circuit of valorisation based on it. In this context, talking about a return to the land risks evoking the practical and theoretical quicksand of a consolatory lamentation rather than a necessary effort of heuristic understanding and political imagination. Against this possibility, through an analysis of the progressive financialization of agriculture, we will show how the idea of a pure and pre-capitalistic rurality is problematic. Finally, we will develop the “back to the land” issue affirmatively, by connecting it to recent studies concerning the production of the common/s.


financialization; agriculture; land; common/s; new rurality

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