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Record number 442745
Title The drive for accumulation: environmental contestation and agrarian support to Mexico's oil palm expansion
Author(s) Castellanos Navarrete, A.; Jansen, K.
Source The Hague : International Institute of Social Studies (LDPI working paper / Land Deal Politics Initiative 43) - 24
Department(s) Knowledge Technology and Innovation
WASS
Publication type Scientific report
Publication year 2013
Abstract Oil palm expansion has been related to rural dispossession, environmental degradation and rural resistance. This paper explores the politics and impact of farmer-based oil palm expansion in Chiapas, Mexico. In relation to the debate on the greening of the agrarian question, this paper engages with the theses of ‘environmentalism of the poor’ and ‘green grabbing’ and point at the problematic centrality of the concept of ‘enclosure’ in these theories. The authors argue that in absence of enclosure, poor peasants and farmers may strive for further market integration. Peasant engagement with capital accumulation in Mexico undermined green efforts to curb oil palm production. In this context, environmental movements were unsuccessful in contesting the state’s oil palm programme. This analysis suggests that a green agrarian question solely focusing on enclosure is unable to explain agrarian and environmental processes. - See more at: http://www.plaas.org.za/plaas-publication/ldpi-43#sthash.wacPmv3I.dpuf
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