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Rethinking Enclosures from a Latin American Perspective. The Role of Territoriality and Coloniality

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Article of journalMüller, Frank; Baquero-Melo, Jairo; Rauchecker, Markus; Segura, Ramiro. (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Department for Geography, Brasil; Universidad del Rosario, School of Human Sciences, Colombia; Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Latin American Studies, Alemania; CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina). Rethinking Enclosures from a Latin American Perspective. The Role of Territoriality and ColonialitydesiguALdades.net Working Paper Series, 2015 no. 90 Keywords:
Latin America
Agriculture, Rural economy | Land settlement | Sociology, Social issues
enclosures | territoriality | coloniality

Abstract:

The concept of “enclosures” provides useful perspectives for thinking about social inequalities. In this paper, we overcome the conceptual limits posed by Polanyi’s focus on the particular history of England as the trigger of the global transformation of economy and society. We follow the recent critique made by Nancy Fraser that inner-societal conflicts resulting from enclosures need a more decided and explicit analysis. We argue that these can be best addressed from the perspective of coloniality and territoriality. As examples of this post-Polanyi approach, we present research results on contemporary enclosures represented by exclusive urbanism in Mexico, agricultural plantation expansion in Colombia and seed regulations in Argentina.

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