AAG 2009: ‘Back to the Future’: Primitive Accumulation and Contemporary Capitalism
Session Organizers: Marc Auerbach and Rohit Negi, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University.
In Capital I, Marx describes primitive accumulation succinctly as
“…the historical process of divorcing the producer from the means of
production” (875). More recently, David Harvey has broadened the
concept to facilitate its deployment to understand processes like the
neoliberal relaxation of trade legislations, large-scale privatization
of state-enterprises, and the widespread ‘SEZing’ of lands. In short,
Marx’s historical/conceptual concept has witnessed an academic revival
in the last few years. Several theorists, including geographers, have
gone back to primitive accumulation to explain certain tendencies and
movements of contemporary capitalism, not only in the Third World, but
also, and following Harvey, within advanced capitalism in the North.
In this session we seek interventions that assess the relevance of
primitive accumulation, evaluate its recent academic revival, and/or
use the concept to grasp geographic realities in various contexts,
including the implications of primitive accumulation for uneven
development and practices like migratory labor.
Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com before 5th October.