Capitalism, Imperialism, Nationalism: Agrarian Dynamics and Resistance as Radical Food Sovereignty

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This paper explores the dynamics of capitalism, imperialism, and nationalism to contextualise and explain “radical” food sovereignty. It defines the opportunities and constraints surrounding the dynamics of “radical” food sovereignty as an anti-capitalist, counter-hegemonic movement. The difficulties in subverting the state-capital nexus are explored with reference to the pink tide states in Latin America, particularly Bolivia and Ecuador. Such “left” populism, through neo-extractivist funded welfarism, has subverted “radical” food sovereignty movements. Growing contradictions of neo-extractivism presage the delegitimation of the peripheral state-capital nexus, a resurgence of right authoritarian populism, and a further round of counter-hegemonic protest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
Number of pages22
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement
Early online date19 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jun 2020


  • Nationalism
  • agrarian resistance
  • capitalism
  • food sovereignty
  • imperialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development

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