Constructing legitimacy? Agroecology within and beyond the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)


Schlagworte: Environmental Humanities, Agrarökologie, Ernährungssouveränität, Brazilian Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), Legitimität, Kritische Erziehungswissenschaft

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How are agroecological transitions and rural development alternatives experienced by farmers and rural activists?
To explore this broad issue, Claire Lagier examines how agroecology’s legitimacy is constructed and contested within the base membership and transnational networks of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST). The MST’s politics of land redistribution— as well as campaigning for sustainable rural livelihoods and education — have attracted significant attention worldwide, as have the food sovereignty alliance La Via Campesina’s agroecological training centres. However, few ethnographic studies have focused on the lived experiences of several generations of activists as they struggle to generate ecological transitions in the food system.
Addressing this gap, Lagier’s study draws on intensive fieldwork carried out in Brazil in 2017–2018 alongside farmers living in a settlement affiliated with the MST, as well as young Latin American food sovereignty activists taking part in agroecological education.

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Ricardo S Borsatto (2021) Looking beyond appearances: facing contradictions to “scale in” agroecology within social movements, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Book review). In: Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, DOI:


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Claire Lagier

Claire Lagier defended her PhD thesis in Environmental Humanities at LMU Munich’s Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in June 2019. Her doctoral work was funded by ENHANCE Marie-Curie ITN (2015–2018), allowing her to do ample fieldwork in Brazil and to be a visiting fellow at KTH Stockholm’s Environmental Humanities Laboratory in May and June 2018. Since 2014, she has been a managing editor for the environmental justice online magazine Uneven Earth. Previously, she obtained a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada (2014), during which she focused intensely on the socio-environmental impacts of agribusiness, financialization, land grabbing and unequal land access in Brazil. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Université de Montréal in Canada (2011). She is currently based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


11. Dezember 2020


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