Collection : Cornell Series on Land
New Perspectives in Territory, Development, and Environment
Series edited by Wendy Wolford, Nancy Lee Peluso and Michael Goldman

Land is fundamental. Societies are shaped by the control of, access to, and use of land. Books in this series exhibit a concern with the dynamics of life on the land, particularly as expressed though relations of environment, territoriality, and develĀ­opment. The key premise is that all three are intimately connected. We welcome submissions addressing all historical periods and employing a variety of regional, interdisciplinary, and theoretical foci and approaches. Download the full series description (pdf).

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Series Editors

Wendy Wolford is Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. Her work addresses issues within and between the political economy of development, agrarian studies, social mobilization, land reform, and political ecologies of conservation.

Nancy Lee Peluso is Professor of Society & Environment and is currently the Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She brings approaches from critical political ecology to her research on forests, small-scale gold mining, migration, and other influences on agrarian change.

Michael Goldman is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota and the V.K.R.V. Rao Chair Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore, India. He specializes in transnational, political, and environmental sociology; global urbanization; and expert networks of finance, development, and urbanism.


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