What and how we eat have once again become prominent in debates on the fight for global justice. Proponents of alterglobalism consider experiments with food sovereignty a prefigurative practice that anticipates broader ecocultural change. Critics, however, remain skeptical about its capacity to enhance social change. In social movement research, the practical implications of these prefigurative politics have rarely been investigated empirically. Based on an ethnographic analysis, this article illustrates the multifaceted dynamics of a continuously evolving experiment with Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) in a neorural microeconomic network, a cornerstone of food sovereignty activism. An ethnographic perspective can grasp the shifting terrain of the political mobilization, frictions and unintended consequences of these types of politics. The article demonstrates the importance of understanding the complexities of prefiguration as not a simple linear, coherent process. Also, the case study allows a critique of re-emerging neorural populism.
PREFIGURATIVE POLITICS IN PRACTICE: CONCRETE UTOPIAS IN ITALY'S FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ACTIVISM*
Alexander Koensler; PREFIGURATIVE POLITICS IN PRACTICE: CONCRETE UTOPIAS IN ITALY'S FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ACTIVISM. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 1 March 2020; 25 (1): 133–150. doi: https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671-25-1-133
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