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Emancipatory rural politics II: resisting, mobilizing and creating alternatives

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:40 pm

The second Panel Conference at The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2018.



The current political conjuncture has given rise to new forms and manifestations of ‘authoritarian populism’ (Hall 1979, 1998) with wide-reaching implications (Scoones et al. 2017). In this session, we ask what alternative politics – and political-economic practices – also emerge at this conjuncture. What are ‘emancipatory’ possibilities or ‘alternative’ rural politics in practice in settings that may simultaneously seem to have been left behind by globalized capitalism, yet represent the new (last?) frontiers of enclosure, extraction and financialization? Informed by insights from political ecology, alongside other approaches and methods from critical social science and radical practice, presentations in this session explore relationships between historical and contemporary rural struggles, forms of resistance and mobilization, and practices of imagining and creating alternatives, encouraging a comparative conversation. How are new alliances being built between urban and rural movements, within and outside mainstream political formations? How and why do informal, unruly styles of politics intersect with or reject more formal organized movements and electoral and institutional politics? How have conflict and violence both closed down and opened up new spaces for the development of new forms of resistance, mobilization, and practices of imagining and creating emancipatory alternatives? How are power, class, the state, participation, citizenship, institutions and democracy conceptualized or contested? This session is part of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI).



Levi Van Sant, Sayoni Bose, Eloisa Berman-Arevalo, Sara Black, Loka Ashwood,



This panel follows  a session on Emancipatory rural politics I: contextualizing authoritarian populism and emancipatory rural politics chaired by STEPS member Amber Huff .



April 10
10:00 am - 11:40 pm


Bacchus Room, New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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