Autonomous peasant struggles and left arts of government

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I argue that self-organisation cannot account for how grass roots struggles can pursue transnational political change. I develop an account of some “left arts of government” through which resistance is facilitated and organised without reintroducing oppressive and hierarchical forms of rule. I do so by focusing on the practices of autonomous peasant mobilisations. Land occupation movements facilitate the ability of people to engage in ongoing resistance on their own behalf. They organise resistance through horizontal communication and through transnational networks involving representative structures. Finally, peasant mobilisations engage with states and international institutions to solidify gains made.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1453-1471
Number of pages19
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2015

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Quarterly on 18/8/2015, available online


  • resistance and activism
  • human rights
  • citizenship
  • land reform
  • pastoralism and peasants


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