All across Latin America, rural peoples are organizing in support of broadly distinct but interrelated issues. Food sovereignty, agrarian reform, indigenous and women's rights, sustainable development, fair trade, and immigration issues are the focus of a large number of social movements found in countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Peru. The contributors to ""Rural Social Movements in Latin America"" include academic researchers as well as social movement leaders who are seeking to effect change in their countries and communities. As a group they are at the forefront of some of the most critical environmental, social, and political issues of the day. This volume highlights the central role these movements play in opposition to the neoliberal model of development and offers fresh insights on emerging alternatives at the local, national, and hemispheric level. It also illustrates and analyzes the similarities - notably the struggle for sustainable livelihoods - as well as the difference among these various peasant, indigenous, and rural women's movements.
Carmen Diana Deere, director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and former president of the Latin American Studies Association, is the coauthor of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America. Frederick S. Royce is assistant scientist in the department of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.