People, power, change: three pillars of a food sovereignty research praxis

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    This article is situated within nascent debates on the role of academics within food sovereignty movements. Drawing on insights from a collective autoethnography, we report on our experiences conducting three food sovereignty research projects in different contexts and at different scales. We suggest that that the principles and practices of food sovereignty translate into a food sovereignty research praxis. This consists of three pillars focusing on people (humanizing research relationships), power (equalizing power relations) and change (pursuing transformative orientations). This article discusses these pillars and analyzes the extent to which we were able to embody them within our projects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1389-1412
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
    Issue number7
    Early online date26 Sept 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2019

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    • Critical methodologies
    • food sovereignty
    • power
    • praxis
    • research
    • solidarity

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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