Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609437 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609444 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession

Local Resistance in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa

Edited by Dip Kapoor

Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession

Edited by Dip Kapoor

Distributed for Zed Books

276 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609437 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609444 Published August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Against Colonizationand Rural Dispossession argues that many economic initiatives undertaken in the global South in the name of development are actually a form of continued colonization of these regions. Instead of creating stronger economic communities, this development has actually exacerbated poverty and led to the exploitation of labor across the global South.
As the contributors show, this process has been met with varied forms of rural resistance by local movements of displaced farm workers, landless peasants, and indigenous peoples. Combining local case studies with Marxist and anti-colonial analysis, the essays collected here demonstrate the ways in which these local struggles have attempted to resist colonization and dispossession. The result is a vital addition to the fields of critical development studies, political-sociology, agrarian studies, and the anthropology of resistance, particularly in overlooked areas of Asia-Pacific and Africa.
About the contributors
1 Local resistance to colonization and rural dispossession in South and East Asia, the Pacific, and Africa
Dip Kapoor

2 Waponahki anti-colonial resistance in North American colonial contexts: some preliminary notes on the coloniality of meta-dispossession
Rebecca Sockbeson

Part I: South and East Asia and the Pacific Region
3 Sovereignty politics in Samoa: fa’asamoa, fa’amatai, and resistance to colonial capital and dispossession of customary land and place
Naomi Gordon

4 Adivasi, Dalit, and non-tribal forest dweller (ADNTFD) resistance to bauxite mining in Niyamgiri: displacing capital and state-corporate mining activism in India
Dip Kapoor

5 Our crops speak: small and landless peasant resistance to agro-extractive dispossession in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Hasriadi Masalam

6 Dispossession and neoliberal disaster reconstruction: activist NGO and fisher resistance in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu
Raja Swamy and Prema Revathi

7 Lumad anti-mining activism in the Philippines
Robyn Magaluit Rodriguez

8 Coal power and the Sundarbans in Bangladesh: subaltern resistance and convergent crises
Sourayan Mookerjea and Manoj Misra

Part II: African Region
9 Resisting accumulation by dispossession: organization and mobilization by the rural poor in contemporary South Africa
Lalitha Naidoo, Gilton Klerck, and Kirk Helliker

10 Food sovereignty through ecofeminism: re-commoning as resistance to agribusiness dispossession in Kenya
Leigh Brownhill, Wahu Kaara, and Terisa Turner

11 Guided by the Yomo spirit: resistance to accumulation by dispossession of the Songor salt lagoon in Ada, Ghana
Jonathan Langdon and Kofi Larweh

12 Contesting dispossession: land rights activism in Gambella, Ethiopia, and Pujehun, Sierra Leone
Rachel Ibreck

13 Local resistance to large-scale agricultural land acquisitions in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, Ethiopia
Tsegaye Moreda

14 All that glitters: neoliberal violence, small-scale mining, and gold extraction in northern Tanzania
Zahra Moloo

15 ‘Oloibirinization’, collective identity, and the future of multilocal resistance in the Niger Delta
Temitope B. Oriola

Review Quotes
Raj Patel, University of Texas at Austin
“Peasants, indigenous people, and fisherfolk confound capitalism's best efforts to control them.  This book shares the strategies that some of the planet's most inspirational groups use to stand their ground. A terrific compilation of rousing resistance for a post-capitalist world.”
Robert Biel, author of The Entropy of Capitalism
“An indispensable contribution to a non-Eurocentric world-view. Richly documenting the genocidal and ecocidal history of (neo)colonialism, and even more importantly the fightback, this book reveals a new social order emerging at the cutting edge of struggle.”
Devlin Kuyek, GRAIN

“An impressive collection of engaged researchers from around the world take us deep into some of the most important frontline struggles of our time, providing critical insights for anyone active in resisting colonization and land grabs.”

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism without Borders
“A smart and theoretically innovative book that belongs on the bookshelves of anyone interested in anti-colonial, indigenous scholarship on rural resistance as central to the political economy of capitalist development.”
Philip McMichael, author of Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective
“Addressing the accelerating dispossession of cultures, this timely collection reveals colonial continuities in new forms of grassroots resistance. It is a powerful cross-regional set of essays foregrounding local voice in an era of global extractivism.”
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