Incendi in Amazzonia

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The differentiation of the Brazilian peasantry and its struggles for citizenship

Group of peasants debates during a workshop of the "juçara network". Quilombo of Campinho (Rio de Janeiro). 2010. Credits: Luca Fanelli/ ISA/ Rede Juçara
Group of peasants debates during a workshop of the “juçara network”. Quilombo of Campinho (Rio de Janeiro). 2010. Credits: Luca Fanelli/ ISA/ Rede Juçara

The following abstract I submitted was accepted for the session Margins centrality and new forms of citizenship of the XXXIV Convegno Internazionale di Americanistica (Perugia 2012):

 The differentiation of the Brazilian peasantry and its struggles for citizenship

Abstract: The struggle for agrarian reform, from the Seventies of the XX century, involved a wide range of social and political actors and fostered a new citizenship for rural (and urban) marginalized people. During the Nineties, within the rural arena, struggles of a new kind rose; their ground wasn’t any more a concept of “class”, as it is the case for the above mentioned struggles. In particular, the actors claimed the land based on: a) a specific relationship with natural resources (related to ecology and sustainable development) and b) the historical debt the nation contracted with the former afro-descendant slaves (remanescentes de quilombos).

This session will be held in Perugia, Wednesday, March the 9th, 2012.

The right to change

Cover of the ActionAid's book

On the occasion of the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, ActionAid International Italy launched a new book: Il diritto di cambiare. Le sfide della giustizia sociale in Italia e nel mondo [The right to change. The challenges of the social justice in Italy and in the world] (ed. Infinito).

“Social justice – as we read on the back cover – is the opportunity for everyone to be included in her/his own society, to participate to the decision making that affect him/her, and to be granted a sufficient level of security, of education and of access to information”.

But why “the right to change”? In order to mainstream social justice, a deep change is needed; and the willingness of a person and of a community «to engage him/herself is the first requirement for those who pursue a change» (p. 10).

The book points out some cases of promotion of the social justice, in the Southern as in the Northern part of the world, organised in three main areas: food right, women rights and citizen participation.

The book resulted from a joint work within the organisation. I contributed with the research for the case related to food right in Italy.

ActionAid International Italy web site.

Link to book page on the publisher website (in Italian).

New function on tropos: relationships

Now is possible to see if and how two persons/ institutions are related one to another.

On the “list” page of the tropos website, choose two persons/ institutions and see if they are related, and who’s the “bridge” between the two ones.

The results are still limited to a two-step relationship; in other words, if there are three step from one persons/ institution until another one, the relationship won’t be found).