Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession: Local Resistance in South & East Asia, the Pacific & Africa

Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession: Local Resistance in South & East Asia, the Pacific & Africa

By: Dip Kapoor (editor)Paperback

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Under the guise of 'development', a globalizing capitalism has continued to cause poverty through dispossession and the exploitation of labour across the Global South. This process has been met with varied forms of rural resistance by local movements of displaced farm workers, small and landless (women) peasants, and indigenous peoples in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa, who are resisting the forced appropriation of their land, the exploitation of labour and the destruction of their ecosystems and ways of life. In this provocative new collection, engaged scholars and activists combine grounded case studies with both Marxist and anti-colonial analyses, suggesting that the developmental project is a continuation of the colonial project. The authors then demonstrate the ways in which these local struggles have attempted to resist colonization and dispossession in the rural belt, thereby contributing essential movement-relevant knowledge on these experiences in the Global South. A vital addition to the fields of critical development studies, political-sociology, agrarian studies and the anthropology of resistance, this book addresses academics and analysts who have either minimized or overlooked local resistances to colonial capital, especially in the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions.

About Author

Dip Kapoor is professor of international education, at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a research associate at the Center for Research and Development Solidarity (CRDS), an Adivasi-Dalit people's organization in India. His previous books include NGOization (with Aziz Choudry, Zed 2013) and Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization (with Dominique Caouette, Zed 2015).


1. Local Resistance to Colonization and Rural Dispossession in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa - Dip Kapoor 2. Waponahki Anti-Colonial Resistance in North American Colonial Contexts: Some Preliminary Notes on the Coloniality of Meta-Dispossession - Rebecca Sockbeson Part I: South and East Asia and the Pacific Region 3. Sovereignty Politics in Samoa: Fa'asamoa, Fa'amatai and Resistance to Colonial Capital and Dispossession of Customary Land and Place - Naomi Gordon 4. Adivasi, Dalit and Non-Tribal Forest-Dweller (ADNTFD) Resistance to Bauxite Mining in Niyamgiri: Displacing Capital and State-Corporate Mining Activism in India - Dip Kapoor 5. Our Crops Speak: Small and Landless Peasant Resistance to Agro-Extractive Dispossession in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia - Hasriadi Masalam 6. Dispossession and Neoliberal Disaster Reconstruction: Activist NGO and Fisher Resistance in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu - Raja Swamy and Prema Revathi 7. Lumad Anti-Mining Activism in the Philippines - Robyn Magalit Rodriguez 8. Coal Power and the Sundarbans in Bangladesh: Subaltern Resistance and Convergent Crises - Sourayan Mookerjea and Manoj Misra Part II: African Region 9. Resisting Accumulation by Dispossession: Organization and Mobilization by the Rural Poor in Contemporary South Africa - Lalitha Naidoo, Gilton Klerck and Kirk Helliker 10. Food Sovereignty through Ecofeminism: Re-commoning as Resistance to Agri-Business Dispossession in Kenya - Leigh Brownhill, Wahu Kaara and Terisa Turner 11. Guided by the Yomo Spirit: Resistance to Accumulation by Dispossession of the Songor Salt Lagoon in Ada, Ghana - Jonathan Langdon and Kofi Larweh 12. Contesting Dispossession: Land Rights Activism in Gambella, Ethiopia and Pujehun, Sierra Leone - Rachel Ibreck 13. Local Resistance to Large-Scale Agricultural Land Acquisitions in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia - Tsegaye Moreda 14. All that Glitters: Neoliberal Violence, Small-Scale Mining and Gold Extraction in Northern Tanzania - Zahra Moloo 15. `Oloibirinization', Collective Identity and the Future of Multi-Local Resistance in the Niger Delta - Temitope B. Oriola

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  • ISBN13: 9781783609437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781783609437
  • ISBN10: 1783609435

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