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Contesting large-scale land acquisitions in the Global South

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Sändig, Jan:
Contesting large-scale land acquisitions in the Global South.
In: World Development. Vol. 146 (2021) . - No. 105581.
ISSN 0305-750X

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As agricultural investors have acquired large tracts of land in the Global South recently, many affectedcommunities and civil society groups have contested what they perceive as land grabbing. These commu-nities have struggled to retain their land, protect their livelihoods, or benefit from the investment. Therehas been much academic interest in these conflicts. Studying the emerging literature, this review identi-fies the main theoretical perspectives and synthesizes the case study evidence. The goal is to betterunderstand how communities contest large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) and to explain their tactics.For this purpose, a sample was collected that consists of 46 studies and 28 LSLA cases from the GlobalSouth. Since most of these studies adopt single theoretical perspectives from resistance research, the pre-sent study links multiple theoretical strands, most importantly everyday resistance, contentious politics,and legal mobilization. Based on the cases reviewed, the analysis shows that the tactics of contention arediverse but can also be grouped into three repertoires. It is found that affected communities use everydayresistance mostly when they face particularly unfavorable circumstances. In contrast, certain politicalopportunities and involvement of local leaders enable organized protests through either collective actionor rights-based contention. Overall, this study contributes to the literature not only by bringing togethercase observations to see the big picture, but also by identifying the main repertoires, tentative frequen-cies of tactics, and less relevant circumstances and mechanisms. In practical terms, the findings suggestthat development and civil society actors can play important roles for assisting rural populations andlocal leaders in fending off land grabs.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: No
Keywords: Agriculture; contestation; land acquisitions; langrabbing
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa > Chair Sociology of Africa - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jana Hönke
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Africa
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 11:13
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 12:31