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PODCAST Ep. 9: Women, fish and COVID impacts on African food systems

COVID regulations have affected the livelihoods of small-scale fishers across Africa - but in different ways. While many have lost out, the effects vary between classes of boat owners, crew, processors, and traders - and each of these roles is highly gendered, with women playing dominant roles in fish processing and fish trade. Restrictions on mobility, cross-border trade and the…
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October 15, 2021
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PODCAST Ep. 8: Social reproduction, capitalist exploitation and the surplus population

Social reproduction has in recent years taken its rightful place at the very centre of debates and analysis about the current interlocking crises, including COVID-19, economic inequalities and failed neoliberal developmentalism. A key element in the reproduction of the capitalist system, social reproduction is undertaken by three major institutions, namely the household, the state and the markets. In this episode,…
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October 15, 2021
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PODCAST Ep. 7: Feminism and postcoloniality: Transcending patriarchy and nacionalism

To grapple with patriarchy requires drawing inspiration from anticolonial struggles, recognising the constraints of the neocolonial present and forging a post-patriarchal postcolonial future. In this episode, we speak with Professor Patricia McFadden, a radical feminist, scholar and activist from eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), who spent 20 years in the anti-apartheid and anti-colonial struggle and whose work addresses gender politics and citizenship,…
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November 23, 2020
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PODCAST Ep. 6: Political Ecology – society, nature and the commons

Inequality and injustice cannot be resolved within society without also confronting the destructive and exploitative relations between society and nature. This is a key argument within political ecology, an interdisciplinary approach that challenges ideas among radical thinkers in critical agrarian studies. In this episode, we speak with Prof. Amita Baviskar, a leading Indian scholar and activist involved with struggles around…
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October 13, 2020
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PODCAST Ep. 5: Small-scale fishers and the struggle for ‘blue justice’

More than half a billion people in the world depend on fishing for a livelihood. Not only is this resource being depleted, but it has been privatised, with rights allocated to big companies, reducing people's access and in some cases pushing people into criminal livelihoods. In this episode, we talk with two prominent voices on the fishing sector: Prof Moenieba…
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September 14, 2020
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PODCAST Ep. 4: Issa Shivji on the “new neoliberalism”, nationalism and pan-Africanism (Part 2)

In this episode, we conclude our conversation with Prof Issa Shivji, a leading scholar in agrarian studies and pan-Africanism. Drawing on the experience of Tanzania through Mwalimu Nyerere's development project, Issa Shivji analyses the history of nationalism, nation-building and pan-Africanism in the continent. He speaks of the vicissitudes of 'former' neoliberalism and the current "new neoliberalism", while pointing out paths…
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August 31, 2020
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PODCAST Ep. 3: Issa Shivji on neoliberalism, working people’s resistance and the role of intellectuals in Africa (Part 1)

In this episode, we speak to Prof Issa Shivji, a leading scholar in agrarian studies and pan-Africanism about his concept of "working people" which refers to a broad range of people living on the margins in both the countryside and the cities. He argues that the class categories of "working class" and "peasantry" no longer accurately describe concrete realities, following…
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August 17, 2020
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PODCAST Ep. 2: Food activism in the Covid-19 crisis

Agrarian Politics Episode 2: Food activism in the Covid-19 crisis The Covid-19 pandemic has quickly become a hunger crisis. Activists who for years have mobilised around agrarian and food justice have quickly responded to the Covid-19 crisis by connecting marginalised farmers with poor communities. They argue that the crisis threatens poor people throughout the food system–but also offers a moment…
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July 17, 2020