Vol. 2 No. 2 (2021): Ruralities
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Territori contadini nel Mali centrale: La ruralità come dimensione spaziale, politico e simbolica della resistenza Bambara

Elvira Pietrobon
Università Iuav di Venezia
Published December 23, 2021
Keywords
  • peasant resistance,
  • food sovereignty,
  • identity,
  • decoloniality,
  • Africa
How to Cite
Pietrobon, E. (2021). Territori contadini nel Mali centrale. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, 2(2), 39-58. https://doi.org/10.13128/contest-13036

Abstract

This paper proposes a reflection on rurality starting from the cultural expressions and peasant practices of the Bambara ethnic group of central Mali in West Africa. The contribution has been developed through a field research based on a prolonged sharing of the everyday life. The article identifies peasant resistance as the foundation of local geographies, referring to decolonial critical thought as a theoretical basis for highlighting the relationships between the political and symbolic dimension and the spatial and territorial one. The resulting peasant territories are defined in their potential at an interpretative and design level, which invests the rural with a meaning that goes beyond the borders of the continent and questions the hegemony of the categories of thought that cannot be released from the filter of the market economy.

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