Transforming critical agrarian studies: solidarity, scholar-activism and emancipatory agendas in and from the Global South

Aguiar, Diana and Ahmed, Yasmin and Avcı, Duygu and Bastos, Gabriel and Batubara, Bosman and Bejeno, Cynthia and Camacho-Benavides, Claudia I. and Chauhan, Komal and Coronado, Sergio and Das, Somashree and Ejarque, Mercedes and Benlisoy, Zeynep Ceren Eren and Güiza-Gómez, Diana Isabel and Gyapong, Adwoa Yeboah and Phuong Phan, Hao and Hassan, Rahma and Rodríguez, Carol Hernández and Ng, Huiying and Hussain, Sardar Babur and Kavak, Sinem and Kelegama, Thiruni and Kurien, Amit John and Leung, Daren Shi chi and Martínez-Cruz, Tania and Monjane, Boaventura and Mudimu, George Tonderai and Pelek, Deniz and Ralandison, Tsilavo and Sosa Varrotti, Andrea P. and Torvikey, Dzifa and Valencia-Duarte, Diana María (2023) Transforming critical agrarian studies: solidarity, scholar-activism and emancipatory agendas in and from the Global South. Journal of Peasant Studies, 50 (2). pp. 758-786. ISSN 0306-6150 (Print) 1743-9361 (Online)

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This paper examines the challenges and opportunities faced by critical agrarian scholars in and from the Global South. We argue that despite the historical and structural limitations, the critical juncture of convergence of crises and renewed interest in agrarian political economies offers an opportunity for fostering a diverse research agenda that opens space for critical perspectives about, from and by the Global South, which is mostly absent in mainstream scholarship dominated by the Global North. We also propose doing so by enhancing solidarity to transform injustices within academia and other spaces of knowledge production and dissemination. To develop the argument, first, we reflect on the multiplicity of crises in rural areas and the changing character of social struggles, as well as the interlinkages between environmental crises and the re-emergence of critical agrarian studies that are reshaping the agrarian question. Then, we discuss the implications and conditions of the political agenda carried out by a scholar-activist movement working on agrarian studies from the Global South. Drawing on our experience as the Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists from the South (CASAS), we conclude by proposing three ways forward for enhancing solidarity through networks of scholar-activists: knowledge accessibility, cooperative organization, and co-production of knowledge.
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Editorial Material (WoS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic inequalities; critical agrarian studies; Global South; knowledge politics; scholar-activism
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2023 21:35
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2023 21:35

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