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Plottin’ and Other Decolonial Poetics: an ethnography of decolonial urban transformation and community building

Authors: Mariama Eversley*, self employed
Topics: Food Systems, Political Geography, Third World
Keywords: decolonization, just transition, urban, farming, Black liberation, new Afrikan
Session Type: Paper
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This paper explores decolonial urban transformation and community building through excerpts from an ethnography of Freedom Farms — a worker owned cooperative in Jackson, MS nested within the organization Cooperation Jackson. Freedom Farms illustrates what a form of decolonial praxis through the land could look like, as it strives to produce dignified life and demands a balanced relationship between the land and people. Cooperation Jackson arose from the Jackson-Kush plan, an organizing model for Black liberation that spans across several states in the deep South. The plan also contextualizes their political struggle within a settler-colonial context. This paper honors the organization’s historical lineage as it examines the nexus of settler relations that produced the city of Jackson and situates Freedom Farms in a decolonial framework. To grapple with these questions, this paper views the United States deep south as a site within a larger geography of plantation political economies. The paper is theoretically grounded within marxist, Black, and settler colonial geographies and employs an intersectional analytical approach. This paper also challenges assumptions within the white male marxist geography cannon and concludes with a discussion on hybrid logics and the need for decolonial epistemologies.

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