Mediated territoriality: rural workers and the efforts to scale out agroecology in Nicaragua

Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2016/06/01

Tipo: Artículo científico

Lugar(es) de estudio: Nicaragua
Resumen: "The Spanish word formación can be translated as ‘training’ or ‘education’, but LatinAmerican social movements use it as inspired by Che Guevara’s notion of ‘molding’the values of the new woman and new man for egalitarian, cooperative socialrelations in the construction of a ‘new society’. This contribution presents findings onthe dialectical linkages between the formación processes led by the Rural Workers’Association (ATC) and the gradual transformation of the Nicaraguan countryside bypeasant families choosing to grow food using agroecological practices. We useVygotsky’s sociocultural historical theory to explore the developmental processes offormación subjects and the pedagogical mediators of their transformation intomovement cadre. The motivations of active learners to develop new senses andcollective understandings about their material reality become a counterhegemonicprocess of internalization and socialization of agroecological knowledges and senses.In this paper, we further explore the formación process by identifying territorialmediators: culturally significant elements within and outside of individuals thatfacilitate the rooting of agroecological social processes in a given territory where thesocial movement is active. By placing the territory, rather than the individual, at thecenter of popular education processes, new synergies are emerging in the constructionof socially mobilizing methods for producing and spreading agroecological knowledge."

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