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New Materialist Feminist Ecological Practices: La Via Campesina and Activist Environmental Work

Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(8), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8080235
Received: 2 May 2019 / Revised: 28 July 2019 / Accepted: 6 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
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Within the context of new theoretical developments in environmentalist materialism, as inflected by gender issues, this paper attempts to analyze the important work of La Via Campesina (women’s section) both in grassroots activism and in creating a feminist agenda for the transformation of human-non-human connections. Methodologically, this paper proceeds by historically situating La Via Campesina and the progressive incorporation of women’s issues as part of the movement. In parallel, La Via Campesina’s insurgent practices of contestation to the exploitation of huge multinational agrobusinesses, to genetically modified crops, and to land-grabbing practices and land usurpation from indigenous populations are illustrated. In conclusion and within the frame of new materialisms, my discussion addresses issues of response-ability, sustainability, and co-habitation to reflect upon the major changes brought about by these new modes of thinking and inhabiting the planet. View Full-Text
Keywords: new materialisms; feminist environmentalism; ecology; grassroots activism; La Via Campesina; political ecology; response-ability; food sovereignty; social justice new materialisms; feminist environmentalism; ecology; grassroots activism; La Via Campesina; political ecology; response-ability; food sovereignty; social justice
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Imperial, M. New Materialist Feminist Ecological Practices: La Via Campesina and Activist Environmental Work. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 235.

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