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Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras

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Grabbing Power explores the history of agribusiness and land conflicts in Northern Honduras focusing on the Aguin Valley, where peasant movements battle large palm oil producers for the right to land. In the wake of a military coup that overthrew Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, rural communities in the Aguin have been brutally repressed, with over 60 people ...more
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Published February 1st 2013 by Food First Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nick
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Noted critical development scholar Philip McMichael lays out concisely the value and the challenge surrounding Kerssen's excellent book Grabbing Power. First, "[t]he story is one thing, and it is powerful." Kerssen broadly and clearly lays out the multi-layered, deceitful and often brutal political and social forces that comprise governmentalities (more-or-less-calculated regimes of rule) of neoliberal exploitation in Honduras. Secondly, "land grab analyses need to take account of the full range ...more
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm heading to Honduras in November as an election monitor and this little study of the political situation and particularly the struggles for control of agricultural land was a great background piece for me. Neoliberal policies that have been accelerated since the 2009 coup. But the changes in land ownership laws and international lending policies have a history that goes back into the 70's and 80s. Fortunately, come of the indigenous communities have longer traditions of collective action and ...more
John
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A good analysis - from a sympathetic viewpoint - of the struggles of campesinos for land in northern Honduras.

It includes a helpful history of the problems of land and land reform which is invaluable, since there is so little good writing on Honduras in books in English.

I recommend it.
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I live in Honduras. never understood the land grabs until now. Of the powerful elite I do though. Fascinating read. Could do with some counter balance opinions though.
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