Levien, Michael. 2018. Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. New York: Oxford University Press.


Levien, Michael, Michael Watts, and Yan Hairong. 2018. “Agrarian Marxism.” Journal of Peasant Studies 45(5-6): 853-883.

Levien, Michael. 2017. “Gender and Land Grabs: A Comparative Analysis.” UN Women Discussion Paper Series. No. 15, July 2017: 1-27.

Levien, Michael. 2015. “Social Capital as Obstacle to Development: Brokering Land, Norms and Trust in Rural India.” World Development 74: 77-92.

Levien, Michael. 2015. “From Primitive Accumulation to Regimes of Dispossession: Theses on India’s Land Question.” Economic and Political Weekly 50(22): 146-157.

Madeleine Fairbairn, Jonathan Fox, S. Ryan Isakson, Michael Levien, Nancy Peluso, Shahra Razavi, Ian Scoones, and K. Sivaramakrishnan. 2014. “Introduction: New Directions in Agrarian Political Economy.” Journal of Peasant Studies 41(5): 653-666.

Levien, Michael. 2014. “From Primitive Accumulation to Regimes of Dispossession.” Revista Sociologia y Anthropologia 4(1): 25-53 (Portuguese, translation by Markus Hediger).

Levien, Michael. 2013. “The Politics of Dispossession: Theorizing India’s ‘Land Wars.'” Politics & Society 41(3): 351-394.

Levien, Michael. 2013. “Regimes of Dispossession: From Steel Towns to Special Economic Zones.” Development and Change 44(2): 381-407.

Levien, Michael and Marcel Paret. 2012. “A Second Double Movement? Polanyi and Shifting Global Opinions Towards Neoliberalism.” International Sociology 27(6): 724-744.

Levien, Michael. 2012. “The Land Question: Special Economic Zones and the Political Economy of Dispossession in India.” Journal of Peasant Studies 39 (3-4): 933-969.

Levien, Michael. 2011. “Special Economic Zones and Accumulation by Dispossession in India.” Journal of Agrarian Change 11(4): 454-483.

Levien, Michael. 2011. “Rationalising Dispossession: The Land Acquisition and Resettlement Bills.” Economic and Political Weekly 46(11): 66-71.

Levien, Michael. 2007. “India’s Double Movement: Polanyi and the National Alliance of People’s Movements.”   Berkeley Journal of Sociology 51: 119-149.

Book Reviews and Review Essays

Levien, Michael. 2019. Review of Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India by Kenneth Nielsen. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Published online February 22, 2019.

Levien, Michael. 2018. “Reconstructing Polanyi?” Review essay on Reconstructing Polanyi: Excavation and Critique by Gareth Dale. Development and Change 49(4): 1115-1126.

Levien, Michael. 2013. “Subalternists Scrutinized.”  Review essay on Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber. European Journal of Sociology 54(3): 485-497.

Levien, Michael. 2013. Review of The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era: Primitive Accumulation and the Peasantry by Utsa Patnaik and Sam MoyoJournal of Peasant Studies 40(1): 307-311.


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