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No corn, no country: Mexican farmers opposing the North American free trade agreement


Mann, A, No corn, no country: Mexican farmers opposing the North American free trade agreement, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17, (2) pp. 197-211. ISSN 1326-0219 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Mexican agriculture is in a state of crisis. The economic marginalization of small to medium-sized grain farmers is leading to migration, hyper-urbanization and environmentally unsustainable cultivation methods. Many civil society organizations identify free trade agreements (FTAs) as the root of these problems. This paper presents a case study of one such organization, AsociacioŽn Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores del Campo (ANEC), a co-operative of Mexican grain-growers. ANEC is an active member of La Via Campesina (The Peasant Way), a transnational social movement of 150 smallholder farmers and landless peasant organizations who promote food sovereignty. This paper interrogates how ANEC draws on the master frame of food sovereignty and on the revolutionary character of the Zapatista movement in developing collective action frames that drive local campaigns opposing economic and environmental threats to the health and livelihoods of rural and urban Mexicans.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:activism, social movements, communication, campaigns, food systems, frame, media, Latin America, NAFTA
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Environmental communication
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mann, A (Professor Alana Mann)
ID Code:150674
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2022-06-24
Last Modified:2022-06-24

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