Rural precarity: relational autonomy, ecological dependence and political immobilisation in the agro-industrial margin

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Across the world, economic interests and state-making interventions have converged in dispossessing rural and urban dwellers. Drawing on literature on rural transformation, precarity, and life after dispossession, this paper explores how lifeworlds are constructed after dispossession. Based on ethnographic research in an Afro-descendant village in agro-industrial Colombia, I analyse five income-generating activities that together point to rural precarity, characterised by uncertain labour relations, fragile conditions of life, ecological dependence, and reconfigured rural relations. While villagers construct their lifeworlds around community, autonomy, and recognition, the constant search for income and reconfigured rural relations uphold and deepen inequalities in the agro-industrial margin.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)2437-2456
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Colombia, community, patronage relations, precarity, recognition, Rural transformation

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