Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World

Authoritarian populism is on the rise, boosted by support from rural areas.

A series of videos and articles examines how authoritarian populism has taken hold in different countries around the world, and explores the alternatives.

Rural people are sometimes stereotyped as supporters of populist and exclusionary regimes. But there are many people and movements in rural spaces that are resisting or responding to regressive, authoritarian politics.

This series was convened by the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), which ran a conference on ‘Authoritarian Populism And The Rural World’ in March 2018.

Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

Published in: 29 January 2018 Written by: Ian Scoones All articles by: Ian Scoones Written by: Saturnino M. Borras Jr. All articles by: Saturnino M. Borras Jr. Written by: Lyda Fernanda Forero All articles by: Lyda Fernanda Forero Written by: Wendy Wolford All articles by: Wendy Wolford Written by: Benjamin White All articles by: Benjamin White Written by: Ruth Hall All articles by: Ruth Hall Written by: Marc Edelman All articles by: Marc Edelman

Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.

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