The Legal Dimensions of the Pluriverse: Socio-environmental Justice & Restitution for Rural Ethnic Communities

Authors: Alexander Huezo*, Florida International University
Topics: Cultural Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Latin America
Keywords: Political Ecology, Rural Ethnic Communities, Land Rights, Socio-environmental Justice
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8201, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Scholars interested in promoting socio-environmental justice for rural ethnic communities throughout the globe can an ever-expanding theoretical toolkit to frame their research. This paper considers whether the 'pluriverse' is a practical concept to comprehend socio-environmental justice for rural ethnic communities grounded in ecologies of difference. While the setting for this inquiry should be familiar to Arturo Escobar’s readers, the rural black communities of the Colombian Pacific region, this paper proposes to engage the pluriverse along some new lines of inquiry: How have these communities’ food production traditions, which often have little to do with industrial agricultures and aquacultures, been impacted by legal systems that conceptualize land ownership and resources quite differently? Conversely, has the collection and presentation of evidence –often assisted by international NGOs— informed change in what counts as evidence in domestic and international court cases? This paper is meant to be a preliminary exploration of findings based on past fieldwork, which will hopefully garner suggestions about how to conduct a more comprehensive investigation moving forward.

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