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What can we learn from the world of pastoralism for wider agrarian struggles?

27 January 2021 12:00–13:30

Zoom

Pastoralists are some of the most marginalised people on the planet, but they have much to teach us all. Pastoralists make a living from livestock on extensive dry and montane rangelands across the world, continuously living with and from uncertainty.

Like agrarian societies everywhere, pastoralists are confronted by the incursions of neoliberal capitalism: once remote pastoral regions become sites for investment and pastoralists’ livelihoods are undermined. New relations of class, gender and generation emerge, with transformed practices of production, labour and market engagement emerging across pastoral settings.

However, too often, pastoralists and settled agriculturalists are viewed as separate and mobilisations and movements rarely cross over. Yet, pastoralists’ responses to contemporary challenges highlight, for example, the importance of mobility, common use of resources and collective, networked social arrangements. Given increasingly common agrarian struggles, this first edition of Agrarian Conversations will explore the opportunities to learn from pastoralists, and the importance of seeking greater engagement across agrarian movements.

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The Journal of Peasant Studies background paper for this webinar is available here.

Key contacts

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Nathan Oxley

Impact Communications and Engagement Officer

n.oxley@ids.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 915826

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