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An Elusive Common: Land, Politics, and Agrarian Rurality in a Moroccan Oasis

Karen E. Rignall


This book details the fraught dynamics of rural life in the arid periphery of southeastern Morocco. The book considers whether agrarian livelihoods can survive in the context of globalized capitalism and proposes a new way of thinking about agrarian practice, politics, and land in North Africa and the Middle East. The book questions many of the assumptions underlying movements for land and food sovereignty, theories of the commons, and environmental governance. Global market forces, government disinvestment, political marginalization, and climate change are putting unprecedented pressures on c ... More

Keywords: contemporary rural life, Morocco, agrarian livelihoods, globalized capitalism, North Africa, Middle East, food sovereignty, environmental governance, communal governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756122
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen E. Rignall, author
University of Kentucky