Theory of Peasant Economy: A.V. Chayanov

The work of A. V. Chayanov is today drawing more attention among Western scholars than ever before. Largely ignored in his native Russia because they differed from Marxist-Leninist theory, and neglected in the West for more than forty years, Chayanov s sophisticated theories were at last published in English in 1966.  That trenchant is reprinted in this Wisconsin paperback edition, which includes a new introduction by the sociologist Teodor Shanin, of the University of Manchester, one of the world s leading Chayanov scholars.

The Wisconsin edition will be essential reading for political scientists, anthropologists, and all whose interests include peasant studies, Third World development, and women s studies.

“The past two decades have seen the emergence of a whole new field called ‘peasant studies’ and, along with those of Karl Marx, Chayanov’s ideas have been central to its development. . . . The publishers are to be commended for re-issuing the book with both old and new introductions and making it available as an affordable paperback for students. The work is a classic.”

Times Higher Education Supplement

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