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Nicaraguan peasant cooperativism in tension: adaptive strategy or counter-movement

Abstract : "Based on qualitative research conducted in three regions of Nicaragua, this paper examines the contribution of the communitarian approach to the new rurality in understanding the orientation and tensions within the peasant cooperative movement. The thematic analysis of 30 semi-structured interviews carried out with members of grassroots cooperatives reveals two main categories of motivation for engagement within the cooperative movement. A first set of motivations shows the will to transform the productive structures through small producer organisations to better adapt to the challenges imposed by global economic integration. A second set of motivations highlights broader socio-political objectives that seem to crystallise around the desire to build long-term alternatives to the exclusionary process of neoliberal globalisation. I explore these motivations in light of the distinction between reformist and communitarian approaches to the new rurality. I outline that the articulation of these two approaches, and more particularly the contribution of the communitarian approach, makes it possible to better understand the tensions within the cooperative movement in regard to socio-economic challenges. On this basis I call for a greater consideration of the communitarian dimensions of the new rurality to better define the role of the state, public policies and non-governmental organisations in supporting these phenomena." (source éditeur)
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Renaud Metereau. Nicaraguan peasant cooperativism in tension: adaptive strategy or counter-movement. Third World Quarterly, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2020, 41 (5), pp.801-821. ⟨10.1080/01436597.2020.1722094⟩. ⟨halshs-02508860⟩



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