La Via Campesina

La Via Campesina : Globalization and the Power of Peasants

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"Essential reading for all those who seek to understand the worldwide opposition to neoliberal globalisation and the social and environmental destruction wrought by industrial agriculture. The hopes that have propelled peasants and small farmers to cross-border unity and action are on proud display in this moving account." Marc Edelman, Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York"A ground-breaking study of the rise of a significant new transnational political and social force, the Via Campesina."Philip McMichael, International Professor of Development Sociology, Cornell University"How the Via Campesina survived and thrived to champion food sovereignty, gender equity and global grassroots solidarity is an inspiring tale, beautifully told."Terisa Turner, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, University of GuelphLa Via Campesina is one of the world's largest and most important transnational social movements. Formed in 1993, it brings together rural women, peasants, indigenous communities, small-scale farmers and farm workers from around the world. Comprising millions of people, it is a leading force against the globalization of a neo-liberal and corporate-led model of agriculture.This book explores the movement from the inside. Annette Aurelie Desmarais, a former grain farmer and long time participant in La Via Campesina shows how peasants and small-scale farmers have found the strength to challenge multinational agribusiness corporations and international institutions whose power and influence increasingly dictate government policy. This book accompanies La Via Campesina in a struggle to keep people on the land, producing food and culture, and building viable communities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 142.24 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745327044
  • 9780745327044
  • 653,903

About Annette Aurelie Desmarais

Annette Aurelie Desmarais was a grain farmer for 13 years, during which time she was an active member of La Via Campesina. She is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina, Canada.
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'A comprehensive, informative and intelligent analysis of the current global agrarian resistance movement' -- Nettie Wiebe, Professor of Church and Society, St. Andrew's College, former President of the National Farmers Union (of Canada) and former Coordinator for the North America/Mexico region on the International Coordinating Committee of the Via Campesina.

'The Via Campesina is the most important transnational social movement in the contemporary world. They are the leading edge of resistance against neoliberal economic globalisation, and this book provides must-read history and analysis for scholars and activists alike' -- Peter Rosset, co-coordinator, Land Research Action Network (LRAN) 'Since its founding in 1993, the Via Campesina has become one of the most dynamic and creative elements in the global justice movement' -- Marc Edelman. Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of The Logic of the Latifundio (1992) and Peasants Against Globalization (1999); co-editor of The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism (2005)
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Table of contents

1. Peasant activism, social movements and collective identities

2. Modernisation and globalisation - the enclosure of agriculture

3. Peasants and farmers go global

4. 'The WTO ... will meet somewhere, sometime ... and we will be there!'

5. Organization, co-operation and collaboration

6. The power of peasants - reflections on the meanings of the Via Campesina
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