Development, Ecology and Climate Change: resistance by the peasantry

Ole Gunni Busck, Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt*


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Critical theory like political ecology and peasant studies point to the insufficiency of adaptation strategies and call for more radical alternatives like the abandonment of development strategies based on fossil-fueled industrialization and urban-centered economic growth., They favor rural livelihood strategies based on sustainable natural resource management and organic/agro-ecological production, thus combining genuine development with resistance to the hegemony of that neoliberal-driven transformation of fundamental socio-economic structures in developing countries which is associated with detrimental climatic and ecological consequences. This contribution offers a theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding the nexus of development, ecology and climate change and explores significant patterns of community resistance evolving into promising strategies of reactions ‘from below’ against growth-driven development implicating ecocide. Such resistance opposes the regional and global obsession with excessive growth and pose new challenges to the international political system.
TidsskriftJournal of Development Policy and Practice
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)9
Antal sider31
StatusUdgivet - 5 apr. 2020


  • Climate Change; Development theory and practice; Mitigation; Land grabbing; Ecology

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