The drive for accumulation: environmental contestation and agrarian support to Mexico's oil palm expansion

A. Castellanos Navarrete, K. Jansen

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Abstract

Oil palm expansion has been related to rural dispossession, environmental degradation and rural resistance. This paper explores the politics and impact of farmer-based oil palm expansion in Chiapas, Mexico. In relation to the debate on the greening of the agrarian question, this paper engages with the theses of ‘environmentalism of the poor’ and ‘green grabbing’ and point at the problematic centrality of the concept of ‘enclosure’ in these theories. The authors argue that in absence of enclosure, poor peasants and farmers may strive for further market integration. Peasant engagement with capital accumulation in Mexico undermined green efforts to curb oil palm production. In this context, environmental movements were unsuccessful in contesting the state’s oil palm programme. This analysis suggests that a green agrarian question solely focusing on enclosure is unable to explain agrarian and environmental processes. - See more at: http://www.plaas.org.za/plaas-publication/ldpi-43#sthash.wacPmv3I.dpuf
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameLDPI working paper / Land Deal Politics Initiative
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies
No.43

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    Castellanos Navarrete, A., & Jansen, K. (2013). The drive for accumulation: environmental contestation and agrarian support to Mexico's oil palm expansion. (LDPI working paper / Land Deal Politics Initiative; No. 43). International Institute of Social Studies. https://edepot.wur.nl/276612