“Being, Being with, Becoming and Doing With”: The transformative potential of feminist political economy in our analysis of 'land grab' outcomes

Show simple item record Dieng, Rama Salla 2020-07-27T11:23:10Z 2020-07-27T11:23:10Z 2020-07
dc.description.abstract There has been growing concern across Africa by activists and policymakers alike around the question of land rushes (especially after the 2007-2008 land rush) often framed as “land grabs” (see Oya 2013b, Dieng 2017), and their implications for local communities. This “global land rush” emerged in the turbulent context of socioeconomic and political transformations. While the drivers, scale and actors in this renewed interest in land (and labour) are still contested, a body of knowledge interested in its differentiated impact and outcomes, as well as political reactions to these deals, is still growing (Hall et al 2015). It is important for us to consider however that land deals “do not occur in a socio-economic or political vacuum” (Oya 2013b: 1550). They are interventions connecting capital with labour with previous and ongoing dynamics of place-making resulting in uneven, unfinished processes of social change. Not only do land deals re-shape the places in which they occur, they are also an expression of capitalist expansion across the globe. My interest in the topic of land grabbing has been partly inspired by interest in land issues, and partly the experience of my mother who lost her land in Senegal due to a large-scale state-led infrastructure development project in 1996 and recovered it only 21 years later, in 2017. This article draws on extensive fieldwork in Northern Senegal, experiencing the emergence of commercial horticultural farming and horticultural markets. To shed light on the socio-cultural outcomes of ‘land grabs’, the research involves mixed research methods (survey, focus group discussions, life stories and semi-structured interviews). Feminist, postcolonial and decolonial scholars have contributed to acknowledging that mainstream models with their limited interpretation of ‘the economic’ are grounded in gendered cultural values and norms, though the recognition of this has been late and partial (Barker et al 2003, Pollard et al 2011, Zein-Elabdin 2016). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Women's Development Fund en_US
dc.subject Feminist en_US
dc.subject Political economy en_US
dc.subject Land grab en_US
dc.subject Northern Senegal en_US
dc.title “Being, Being with, Becoming and Doing With”: The transformative potential of feminist political economy in our analysis of 'land grab' outcomes en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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