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The Politics of Land Grabbing: State and corporate power and the (trans)nationalization of resistance in Cameroon
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-6892
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Agrarian Change, ISSN 1471-0358, E-ISSN 1471-0366Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Approaching land grabbing as a site of politics wherein power functions in the challenge and/or stabilization of agrarian socioecological injustices, we capture agrarian relations in Cameroon in 2 fundamental ways. Drawing on Laclauian insights, we discuss power as a “counter‐hegemonic” practice, to characterize the resistance strategies of local NGOs, in terms of their articulated discourses around the socioecological effects of land grabs, on the one hand, and the political possibilities that this articulatory practice opens, in terms of (trans)nationalizing resistance across social identities and space, on the other hand. Here, the analysis adopts a Foucauldian‐inspired critique with strong commitments towards agrarian socioecological justice, in a context where policies to protect democratic access to land are absent. Second, framed as a hegemonic/governmental “form of rule,” we capture how state and diplomatic actors sought to override dissent and stabilize the contentious land deal. We also show how a moment of presidential “nondecision,” characterized by a hyper‐centralized bureaucracy conjoined with these hegemonic forces to disempower local administrative and judicial leverage, thereby fostering corporate power. The article thus contributes to debates on state and corporate powers, as well as the strategies of, or possibilities and constraints for resistance “from below” to irradiate and structure into a compelling force.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Cameroon, land grabbing, NGO discourses and alliances, state and corporate power, (trans)national resistance
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Environmental Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34889DOI: 10.1111/joac.12264OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34889DiVA, id: diva2:1201292
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved

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