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Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico

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García Lozano, A; Méndez-Medina, C; Basurto, X; Tercero Tovar, M
Published in: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
November 1, 2023

The world’s fisheries face complex and high-stakes governance problems that increasingly require mobilizing diverse collectives of governance actors. How fishers and fishing organizations understand and articulate governance problems has implications for how they engage with governance institutions and the kinds of collective action they enact. In Mexico, cooperatives are a major form of organization for small-scale fishers. Fishing cooperatives form regional organizations (federations), which in turn form national organizations (confederations). These are nested or multi-scalar organizations that represent fishers’ interests and negotiate with other governance actors. Drawing on longitudinal data from assemblies of a national organization (2016–2019) – which represents more than 30,000 fishers in Mexico organized in about 300 cooperatives – as well as regional meetings involving federations and cooperatives, this study examines how cooperativist fishers in Mexico articulate problems in the governance of fisheries and to what effect. More specifically, the paper builds on scholarship about the performativity of collective action to examine the strategic discursive and affective practices through which fishers engage with major governance problems and the implications for collective action. Through the politics of multi-level cooperative institutions, specific issues are prioritized as leaders of fishers’ organizations translate diverse local-regional concerns to advance the interests of the sector at the national level. Using examples of (1) conflicts surrounding environmental conservation in the Gulf of California and (2) legacies of privatization and the decline of cooperatives in shrimp fisheries, the analysis demonstrates how discourses and affects are incorporated into specific storylines and mobilized in political spaces. Cooperativist fishers become contingently aligned along these storylines, which shapes the translation of local-regional concerns into national priorities, giving rise to a multi-scalar performative politics of collective action.

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Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space

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2399-6552

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2399-6544

Publication Date

November 1, 2023

Volume

41

Issue

7

Start / End Page

1263 / 1281
 

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García Lozano, A., Méndez-Medina, C., Basurto, X., & Tercero Tovar, M. (2023). Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 41(7), 1263–1281. https://doi.org/10.1177/23996544231194426
García Lozano, A., C. Méndez-Medina, X. Basurto, and M. Tercero Tovar. “Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 41, no. 7 (November 1, 2023): 1263–81. https://doi.org/10.1177/23996544231194426.
García Lozano A, Méndez-Medina C, Basurto X, Tercero Tovar M. Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 2023 Nov 1;41(7):1263–81.
García Lozano, A., et al. “Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico.” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, vol. 41, no. 7, Nov. 2023, pp. 1263–81. Scopus, doi:10.1177/23996544231194426.
García Lozano A, Méndez-Medina C, Basurto X, Tercero Tovar M. Problemáticas: Multi-scalar, affective and performative politics of collective action among fishing cooperatives in Mexico. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 2023 Nov 1;41(7):1263–1281.

Published In

Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space

DOI

EISSN

2399-6552

ISSN

2399-6544

Publication Date

November 1, 2023

Volume

41

Issue

7

Start / End Page

1263 / 1281