‘We are not poor things’: territorio cuerpo-tierra and Colombian women’s organised struggles

Rodriguez Castro, Laura 2020, ‘We are not poor things’: territorio cuerpo-tierra and Colombian women’s organised struggles, Feminist theory, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.1177/1464700120909508.

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Title ‘We are not poor things’: territorio cuerpo-tierra and Colombian women’s organised struggles
Author(s) Rodriguez Castro, LauraORCID iD for Rodriguez Castro, Laura orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-5215
Journal name Feminist theory
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-03-02
ISSN 1464-7001
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Women's Studies
food sovereignty
Global South
Summary In this article, I use Lorena Cabnal’s notion of territorio cuerpo-tierra to analyse seventeen in-depth interviews with women leaders of rural social movements and other organisations in Colombia . In the interviews, social leaders condemn violence that is epistemic, systemic, militarised and that permeates all ambits of life. They denounce how the coloniality of power operates, while at the same time they propose alternatives for a better life from their own cosmovisions by enacting food sovereignty and constructing feminisms from ‘below’. I demonstrate how these social leaders’ actions are entangled in decolonial feminist struggles, which undermine the way in which women in the Global South have been constructed as ‘objects’ or ‘in need of saving’. These women are not ‘victims who need saving’, but politically active subjects who enact change locally and nationally through their ‘territories bodies-lands’. Not only do their narratives highlight the intimate relationship of the body with the land, but I argue that we must follow their lead in order to dismantle the coloniality of power.
Notes In press
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1464700120909508
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
2002 Cultural Studies
2203 Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30149425

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