Journal of Agrarian Change

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Journal of Agrarian Change  
Discipline Agrarian political economy
Language English
Edited by Deborah Johnston, Cristóbal Kay, Jens Lerche, Carlos Oya. Reviews editor Hannah Bargawi, Liam Campling. Editorial Assistant Helena Pérez Niño
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1471-0358 (print)
1471-0366 (web)
LCCN 2001234171
OCLC no. 48204300

The Journal of Agrarian Change is a peer-reviewed academic journal established in 2001 covering agrarian political economy. The journal publishes historical and contemporary studies of the social relations and dynamics of production, power relations in agrarian formations and ownership structures and their processes of change.[1]

The journal was founded by Henry Bernstein and Terry Byres, former editors of the Journal of Peasant Studies. In the introductory issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change Bernstein and Byres expressed a desire that the new journal would have more coverage of historical and comparative debates, feminist scholarship, analysis of migration and rural labor markets, social differentiation and class formation from a wider set of regions and agrarian formations.[2] Since 2001 the journal has covered debates such as: the farm-size and productivity debate; land reform; paths of capitalist transition; the politics of transnational agrarian social movements; the environmental contradictions of capitalist agriculture; global value chain analysis and commodity certification schemes; the agrarian roots of violence and conflict; and migration and rural labor markets.

The first issue of every volume of Journal of Agrarian Change is available in open access. Free virtual issues have covered rural labour and social movements and land reform in Latin America. The journal has also included special issues and symposia on Agrarian Transitions and Left Politics in India; Microfinance and Rural Development; The Political Economy and Ecology of Capture Fisheries; The Agrarian Roots of Violent Conflict; the Political Ecology of Capitalist Agriculture and the 2007–8 World Food Crisis.[3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The Journal of Agrarian Change is abstracted and indexed in: Academic Search Premier, AGRICOLA, CABDirect, CSA Biological Sciences Database, CSA Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database, Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Ecology Abstracts, EMBiology, GEOBASE/Geographical & Geological Abstracts, ProQuest, Social Sciences Citation Index, SocINDEX, Sociological Abstracts, Soils and Fertilizer Abstracts, and Worldwide Political Sciences Abstracts. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 2.191 and ranks 6/55 in Planning & Development and 36/333 in Economics.[4]


  1. ^ "Journal of Agrarian Change - Overview". Wiley Online Library. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  2. ^ Bernstein, Henry; Byres, Terence J. (2001). "From Peasant Studies to Agrarian Change". Journal of Agrarian Change. 1: 1. doi:10.1111/1471-0366.00002. 
  3. ^ "Journal of Agrarian Change - Special Issues". Wiley Online Library. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Journal of Agrarian Change". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2012.  (subscription required)

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