The Creation of New Rights by the Food Sovereignty Movement: The Challenge of Institutionalizing Subversion

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Abstract

This article analyses the creation of new human rights by a contemporary transnational agrarian movement, Vía Campesina. It makes the case that the movement's assertion of new rights contributes to shaping a cosmopolitan, multicultural, and anti-hegemonic conception of human rights. It discusses the advantages and constraints of the human rights framework and analyses the creation of new rights by the movement as a way to overcome the limitations of the 'rights master frame'. It concludes with a discussion of some of the challenges involved in the institutionalization of new rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-860
Number of pages17
JournalSociology
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • food sovereignty
  • human rights
  • institutionalization
  • peasant movements
  • peasants' rights
  • rights master frame
  • social movements
  • Vía Campesina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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