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 Sep 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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