Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession

Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession : Local Resistance in South & East Asia, the Pacific & Africa

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the guise of 'development', a globalizing capitalism has continued to cause
poverty through dispossession and the exploitation of labour across the Global
South. This process has been met with varied forms of rural resistance by local
movements of displaced farm workers, small and landless (women) peasants, and
indigenous peoples in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa, who are
resisting the forced appropriation of their land, the exploitation of labour
and the destruction of their ecosystems and ways of life.

In this provocative
new collection, engaged scholars and activists combine grounded case studies
with both Marxist and anti-colonial analyses, suggesting that the developmental
project is a continuation of the colonial project. The authors then demonstrate
the ways in which these local struggles have attempted to resist colonization
and dispossession in the rural belt, thereby contributing essential movement-relevant
knowledge on
these experiences in the Global South.

A vital addition to the
fields of critical
development studies, political-sociology, agrarian studies and the anthropology
of resistance, this book addresses academics and
analysts who have either minimized or overlooked local resistances to colonial
capital, especially in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 222 x 27.94mm | 662.24g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Bibliography; 1 Index; 2 Figures; 1 Maps; 1 Tables, black and white
  • 1783609443
  • 9781783609444

Table of contents

1. Local Resistance to Colonization and Rural Dispossession in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa - Dip Kapoor
2. Waponahki Anti-Colonial Resistance in North American Colonial Contexts: Some Preliminary Notes on the Coloniality of Meta-Dispossession - Rebecca Sockbeson

Part I: South and East Asia and the Pacific Region

3. Sovereignty Politics in Samoa: Fa'asamoa, Fa'amatai and Resistance to Colonial Capital and Dispossession of Customary Land and Place - Naomi Gordon
4. Adivasi, Dalit and Non-Tribal Forest-Dweller (ADNTFD) Resistance to Bauxite Mining in Niyamgiri: Displacing Capital and State-Corporate Mining Activism in India - Dip Kapoor
5. Our Crops Speak: Small and Landless Peasant Resistance to Agro-Extractive Dispossession in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia - Hasriadi Masalam
6. Dispossession and Neoliberal Disaster Reconstruction: Activist NGO and Fisher Resistance in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu - Raja Swamy and Prema Revathi
7. Lumad Anti-Mining Activism in the Philippines - Robyn Magalit Rodriguez
8. Coal Power and the Sundarbans in Bangladesh: Subaltern Resistance and Convergent Crises - Sourayan Mookerjea and Manoj Misra

Part II: African Region

9. Resisting Accumulation by Dispossession: Organization and Mobilization by the Rural Poor in Contemporary South Africa - Lalitha Naidoo, Gilton Klerck and Kirk Helliker
10. Food Sovereignty through Ecofeminism: Re-commoning as Resistance to Agri-Business Dispossession in Kenya - Leigh Brownhill, Wahu Kaara and Terisa Turner
11. Guided by the Yomo Spirit: Resistance to Accumulation by Dispossession of the Songor Salt Lagoon in Ada, Ghana - Jonathan Langdon and Kofi Larweh
12. Contesting Dispossession: Land Rights Activism in Gambella, Ethiopia and Pujehun, Sierra Leone - Rachel Ibreck
13. Local Resistance to Large-Scale Agricultural Land Acquisitions in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia - Tsegaye Moreda
14. All that Glitters: Neoliberal Violence, Small-Scale Mining and Gold Extraction in Northern Tanzania - Zahra Moloo
15. 'Oloibirinization', Collective Identity and the Future of Multi-Local Resistance in the Niger Delta - Temitope B. Oriola
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Review quote

'Addressing the accelerating dispossession of cultures, this timely collection reveals colonial continuities in new forms of grassroots resistance. It is a powerful cross-regional set of essays foregrounding local voice in an era of global extractivism.'
Philip McMichael, author of Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective

'Peasants, indigenous people, and fisherfolk confound capitalism's best efforts to control them. This book shares the strategies that some of the planet's most inspirational groups use to stand their ground. A terrific compilation of rousing resistance for a post-capitalist world.'

Raj Patel, University of Texas at Austin

'An impressive collection of engaged researchers from around the world take us deep into some of the most important frontline struggles of our time, providing critical insights for anyone active in resisting colonization and land grabs.'

Devlin Kuyek, GRAIN

'A smart and theoretically innovative book that belongs on the bookshelves of anyone interested in anti-colonial, indigenous scholarship on rural resistance as central to the political economy of capitalist development.'

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism without Borders

'An indispensable contribution to a non-Eurocentric world-view. Richly documenting the genocidal and ecocidal history of (neo)colonialism, and even more importantly the fightback, this book reveals a new social order emerging at the cutting edge of struggle.'

Robert Biel, author of The Entropy of Capitalism

'A wide-ranging, comprehensive and insightful account of dispossession and resistance from the global south ... a much-nuanced and sophisticated analysis in comparison to those who treat the land question merely as another instance of market imperfection and institutional failure.'
Journal of Asian and African Studies

'The diverse analytical frameworks used in the collection, from Marxist political economy to postcolonial theory, will undoubtedly enrich the debates and contribute to the vibrant fields of critical development studies and critical agrarian studies, as well as social movement theories.'
Canadian Journal of Development Studies

'An empirically rich and theoretically stimulating collection of essays on the long-term and ongoing practices and forms of rural resistance to capitalist-driven and state-enforced land enclosures in the Global South.'
Community Development Journal
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About Dip Kapoor

Dip Kapoor is professor of international education, at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a research associate at the Center for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi-Dalit people's organization in India. His previous books include NGOization (with Aziz Choudry, Zed 2013) and Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization (with Dominique Caouette, Zed 2015).
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