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Converging Social Justice Issues and Movements

1st Edition

Edited by Tsegaye Moreda, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Zoe W. Brent


223 pages

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Converging Social Justice Issues and Movements argues that the multiple contemporary converging crises have significantly altered the context for and object of political contestations around agrarian, climate, environmental and food justice issues.

This shift affects alliances, collaboration and conflict among and between state and social forces, as well as within and between social movements. The actual implications and mechanisms by which these changes are happening are, to a large extent, empirical questions that need careful investigation. The majority of the discussions in this volume are dedicated to the issue of responses to the crises both by capitalist forces and those adversely affected by the crises, and the implications of these for academic research and political activist work.

Interdisciplinary in nature, Converging Social Justice Issues and Movements will be of great use to scholars of agrarian politics, as well as climate and environmental justice studies. The chapters were originally published as a special issue in Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Converging social justice issues and movements: implications for political actions and research

Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Tsegaye Moreda, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas and Zoe W. Brent

2. The politics of convergence in Bolivia: social movements and the state

Ben M. McKay

3. Implicating ‘fisheries justice’ movements in food and climate politics

Elyse N. Mills

4. Convergence as political strategy: social justice movements, natural resources and climate change

Salena Tramel

5. The challenge of locating land-based climate change mitigation and adaptation politics within a social justice perspective: towards an idea of agrarian climate justice

Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Jennifer C. Franco

6. The right to food in the context of large-scale land investment in Ethiopia

Tsegaye Moreda

7. Analysing agricultural investment from the realities of small-scale food providers: grounding the debates

Christina M. Schiavoni, Salena Tramel, Hannah Twomey and Benedict S. Mongula

8. The ‘tenure guidelines’ as a tool for democratising land and resource control in Latin America

Zoe W. Brent, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Gonzalo Colque and Sergio Sauer

9. Why wait for the state? Using the CFS Tenure Guidelines to recalibrate political-legal struggles for democratic land control

Jennifer Franco and Sofía Monsalve Suárez

10. Pathway to resilience: hands and hearts for peasant livelihoods and fair relations between humans and nature

Paula Gioia

11. The origins and politics, campaigns and demands by the international fisher peoples’ movement: an Indigenous perspective

Sherry Pictou

12. Black lives and climate justice: courage and power in defending communities and Mother Earth

Sara Mersha

About the Editors

Tsegaye Moreda is assistant professor of critical agrarian studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, and a founding member of the Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network based at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Saturnino M. Borras Jr. is professor of agrarian studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, an adjunct professor of the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) at China Agriculture University in Beijing, and a fellow of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI). His latest book is Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements (2016, with Marc Edelman).

Alberto Alonso-Fradejas is a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), a research associate at the Agrarian and Environmental Justice Program of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam, and a research fellow of the Guatemalan Institute of Agrarian and Rural Studies (IDEAR). He is Reviews Section co-editor of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

Zoe W. Brent is a PhD candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and a researcher for the Agrarian and Environmental Justice team at the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. She also teaches in the post-graduate programme on Food Sovereignty, coordinated by Basque Farmer’s Union (EHNE Bizkaia) and Hegoa Research Institute, University of the Basque Country.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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NATURE / Ecology