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Resistance and alternatives for rural emancipation: Agrarian movements and agency

Venue: PLAAS Boardroom
Date: 10 Oct 2017
Time: 13:30 to 14:30

Presenter: Boaventura Monjane, PhD Student, University of Coimbra, Portugal

This research seeks to develop a comprehensive study, focusing on three agrarian (peasant) movements in Southern Africa, namely; the Mozambique Union of Peasants (UNAC), the Zimbabwe Small-Holder Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and the Right to Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty (FSC) in South Africa. The key objective of the research is to understand and conceptualize the individual and collective motivations that allow the emergence and strengthening of collective agrarian/peasant platforms of resistance to imperialism on the one hand, and to document and evaluate the effectiveness of the actions, proposals and cosmovisions of these movements, particularly in terms of achieving rural and societal emancipation in the context of generalized agrarian neoliberalism. Inserted in the discipline of agrarian studies (rural sociology) this research will understand and interpret the agency of these movements within the theoretical/methodological framework of the Epistemologies of the South, which suggest an approach that addresses what is marginalized, suppressed, and of what has not been “allowed to exist” in the first place, and thus, allow an enlargement of the signs of possible future experiences, under the guise of tendencies and latencies, that are actively ignored by hegemonic rationality and knowledge.

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