Agroecological peasant territories: resistance and existence in the struggle for emancipation in Brazil

Leonardo van den Berg*, M.B. Goris, J.H. Behagel, G. Verschoor, E. Turnhout, M.I.V. Botelho, I. Silva Lopes

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Abstract

We explore peasant territories as an emancipatory alternative in the context of authoritarian populism and neo-liberalism by focusing on two agroecological peasant territories in Brazil. We argue that territories harbour socio-ecological, cultural-political and politico-institutional bases that engender different forms of resistance and existence. Peasant territories build and defend emancipatory alternatives by creating self-governed knowledge and production systems, by problematising and mobilising against exploitative relations, and by transforming parts of the state. We conclude that peasant territories provide a basis for emancipatory transformation. What is more, they can be considered as emancipatory alternatives in themselves.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Agri-food system transformation
  • food movements
  • peasant movements
  • upscaling agroecology

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