The Journal of Peasant Studies are offering free access to recent highlights from their 2013 and 2014 issues, in celebration of their recent ranking of 5.477 Impact Factor in the 2014 Journal Citation Reports®.

Dr. Lorenza Fontana, SIID Research Associate, is one of the few scholars to have their paper listed among the highlights, with her paper on land conflicts and rural movements in Bolivia featured as part of their ‘Critical Perspectives on Rural Politics and Development’.

Lorenza’s paper, entitled ‘Indigenous peoples vs peasant unions: land conflicts and rural movements in plurinational Bolivia’, focuses on the causes and characteristics of conflicts over land between different social organizations. It argues that this recent wave of land conflicts in Bolivia is the result of processes of political ethnicisation and organisational fragmentation generated by changes in the allocation of strategic resources inspired by the so-called ‘politics of recognition’.

The emergence of new conflicts between social movements linked to neoliberal and post-neoliberal reforms is also the basis for a critical discussion of three assumptions embedded in mainstream collective action theories as well as in normative approaches to identity and recognition on the relationship between recognition and redistribution, the interchangeable meaning of ‘claims’ and ‘rights’ and on the dichotomous portrayal of state vs civil society.

This paper forms part of a larger research framework for Lorenza, which centres on land governance, rural dynamics of claim-making and identity-building and new models of plurinational citizenship.Alongside her piece in the Journal of Peasant Studies, Lorenza has recently contributed further papers, namely on the process of construction of a plurinational ‘imagined community’ in Bolivia (Environment and Planning D), on the dynamics of identitarian articulations/disarticulations between peasant and indigenous identities (Bulletin of Latin American Research) and on the limitations of the recognition paradigm in ethnically diversified and highly unequal development contexts (Critique Internationale).

A new article on the relationship between social movements and Evo Morales’ government in Bolivia is forthcoming in Iberoamericana: Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

To contact Lorenza about her research, visit her staff page.