Cross-Generational Mobilization: Land Rights, Intersectionality and Social Movements in Paraguay

Authors: Jamie Gagliano*, Syracuse University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Gender, Latin America
Keywords: social movements, land rights, Latin America, intersectionality
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Latin America is known for a highly uneven distribution of land, and is particularly acute in Paraguay as the expansion of the agro-industrial economy rearranges land control regimes and rural livelihoods. Multiple land rights movements have contested this process, including the explicitly intersectional CONAMURI. This Paraguayan women’s peasant and indigenous movement envisions land access and agroecology models of rural development as a means of improving women’s rights and reducing violence against women. The ability to sustain itself is a concern to any social movement, but CONAMURI’s explicit engagement with intersectionality means that this is a fundamentally philosophical issue as well. In theory, an intersectional movement reflects the interrelated but divergent needs of its participants, but as younger generations increasingly move into urban areas, the future of this specific agenda is uncertain. How do social movements navigate the challenge of engaging younger generations? CONAMURI offers an opportunity to interrogate what intersectional mobilizations looks like in practice. Drawing on political ecology and feminist geography, I establish a research agenda that interrogates the impact and implications of intersectional social movement organizing across generations from the perspectives of those both directly and indirectly involved in CONAMURI.

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