Scholar-activists in an expanding European food sovereignty movement

Jessica Duncan, Priscilla Claeys, Marta Guadalupe Rivera Ferre, Elisa Oteros-Rozas, Barbara Van Dyck, Christina Plank, Annette Aurélie Desmarais

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    This article analyzes the roles, relations, and positions of scholar-activists in the European food sovereignty movement. In doing so we document, make visible and question the political dimensions of researchers’ participation in the movement. We argue that scholar-activists are part of the movement, but are distinct from the affected constituencies put in place to ensure adequate representation of key movement actors. This is because scholar-activists lack a collective identity, have no processes to formulate collective demands, and no mechanisms for inter-researcher and researchers-movement communication. We reflect on whether and how scholar-activists could organize, and discuss possible pathways for a more cohesive and stronger researcher engagement in the movement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)875-900
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
    Issue number4
    Early online date1 Dec 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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    • Constituencies
    • Nyéléni Europe
    • food sovereignty
    • participation
    • researcher engagement
    • scholar-activist
    • social movements

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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