|Title||Agroecological peasant territories: resistance and existence in the struggle for emancipation in Brazil|
|Author(s)||Berg, Leonardo van den; Goris, M.B.; Behagel, J.H.; Verschoor, G.; Turnhout, E.; Botelho, M.I.V.; Silva Lopes, I.|
|Source||The Journal of Peasant Studies (2019). - ISSN 0306-6150|
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Sociology of Development and Change
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Agri-food system transformation - food movements - peasant movements - upscaling agroecology|
We explore peasant territories as an emancipatory alternative in the context of authoritarian populism and neo-liberalism by focusing on two agroecological peasant territories in Brazil. We argue that territories harbour socio-ecological, cultural-political and politico-institutional bases that engender different forms of resistance and existence. Peasant territories build and defend emancipatory alternatives by creating self-governed knowledge and production systems, by problematising and mobilising against exploitative relations, and by transforming parts of the state. We conclude that peasant territories provide a basis for emancipatory transformation. What is more, they can be considered as emancipatory alternatives in themselves.