LSE Review of Books
"A very good introduction to and overview of the "transnational politics of land" in the early twenty-first century."
"Theoretically astute, lucidly written and argued with rigour and impeccable logic, this wide-ranging magisterial synthesis is indispensable reading for anybody concerned with war and peace, colonialism and post-colonialism, indigenous rights, contemporary land-grabbing, debates over sovereignty, agricultural development, social justice movements, environmental conservation or the human future."
Marc Edelman, City University of New York
"Chinese planning eco-tourist resorts in Iceland, Saudi Arabians planting rice in sub-Saharan Africa and South Koreans raising cattle in Australia? In Land, Derek Hall explains how and why these unfamiliar associations may soon become the new norm. The explanation rests on the contention that land and its control are as fundamental as ever to national and international geopolitics, transnational trade and human survival."
Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, Berkeley
"The author builds on recent literature from diverse areas to help the reader understand the complexities of land-related issues. The concepts of territory, property, and regulation frame the study and help the reader understand how transnational politics shapes contemporary land issues and struggles. The book is essential reading for an overview of the crucial dynamics pertaining to land use and conflict, from the local to the global."
Kurt Schock, Rutgers University
"An excellent overview of a very complicated set of issues. Derek Hall does a skillful job of bringing multiple literatures, examples and ideas together in an insightful and eminently readable book. Particularly impressive is Hall's ability to maintain a conceptual framework while providing good analysis and rich empirical detail."
Wendy Wolford, Cornell University