Renata Motta

Renata Motta
Freie Universität Berlin | FUB · Institute for Latin American Studies

PhD

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Introduction
Renata Motta is professor of Society, Culture and Communication in Ibero-America in the Heidelberg University and project leader of the research group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and "Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy" (2019-2024), funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). She authored the book "Social Mobilization, Global Capitalism and Struggles over Food"(2016), and co-edited "Global Entangled Inequalities: Conceptual Debates and Evidence from Latin America"(2017).
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April 2014 - present
Freie Universität Berlin
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (56)
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Vor dem Hintergrund der zunehmenden Politisierung von Ernährung befasst sich dieser Artikel mit der Frage nach der Macht von Ernährung als Vermittler für neue politische Allianzen. In diesem Zusammenhang habe ich, in Anlehnung an Gender- und Umwelttheorien, das Konzept der politisch-ökologischen Koalitionen für die Analyse der Demonstration Wir hab...
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In this paper, we discuss how rural activism in Brazil reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic. We analyze actions of the four main family farming and peasants’ organizations in Brazil along the initial seven months of the pandemic, from March to September 2020: National Confederation of Men and Women Workers in Family Farming in Brazil (Contag), National...
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Related to the article Carvalho, P. D.; Teixeira, M. A.; Penna, C. & Motta, R. (2022). Sistemas alimentares em disputa: Respostas dos movimentos sociais à pandemia Covid-19. Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 37(108): pp. 1-18.
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The Marcha das Margaridas is a mass mobilization in Brazil led by women’s organizations within rural unions in alliance with other social movements and nongovernmental organizations, including transnational partners such as the World March of Women. The main political subjects are rural working women, a political identity that articulates gender, c...
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What does the diversity of social movements and food initiatives tell us about processes of social change? I argue that they offer a productive analytical lens to observe social change because they identify injustices and dynamics of inequalities in the food system and are actively engaged in transforming these. Alternative local food initiatives r...
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In this introduction, we have asked a very classical sociological question and brought together interdisciplinary efforts to critically approach it, focusing on a basic issue: food. We briefly reconstruct the main approaches to social change in sociological theory and then identify main themes with which food studies have contributed to this debate...
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The mass demonstration "Wir haben es satt!" (We‘re fed up!), organized by the alliance "Meine Landwirtschaft" (My Farming), has been held for ten years during the opening of the annual agricultural fair International Green Week in Berlin.The working paper summarizes the results of a survey among the participants of the Wir haben es satt! demonstrat...
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This paper presents data collected from the survey Marcha das Margaridas 2019: food, social mobilization, and feminisms, conducted on August 13-14, 2019 by the Research Group Food for Justice: Power, Politics, and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy, based at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universtität Berlin. The survey aimed...
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Esta publicação analisa os efeitos da pandemia da Covid-19 sobre a alimentação da população brasileira, com relação à situação de segurança alimentar e ao consumo de alimentos. Os dados analisados aqui foram coletados por meio de uma pesquisa de opinião pública realizada entre os meses de novembro e dezembro de 2020, por meio de coleta telefônica,...
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Diversos estudios dan cuenta de la importancia de producir evidencias científicas sobre los padecimientos socioambientales negados por las instituciones gubernamentales–lo que Hess (2007) denomina “ciencia no hecha”–. El concepto de “contra-experticia” remite a una experticia –en sentido amplio– que pone en duda decisiones políticas supuestamente b...
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Building on social movement analytics of coalition formation, we have established a dialogue with social theory on social inequalities and feminist scholarship on solidarity, bringing together the analytical sharpness of social movement studies with political and normative debates on solidarity building. We suggest that the processes of building so...
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August 2019. Der Amazonas-Regenwald brennt seit mehreren Wochen und Präsident Jair Bolsonaros erste öffentliche Reaktion darauf ist eine Aussage, die einer billigen Verschwörungstheorie gleicht: Umwelt-NGOs hätten die Brände gelegt, um seine Regierung in ein schlechtes Licht zu rücken (Andreoni et al. 2019). Hierauf wurde die brasilianische Regieru...
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As an example of a global model of devastating accumulation, Latin America presents extreme situations that challenge feminisms to rethink the very feasibility of nature, matter and life itself. Governments of both the left and the right in the region have opted for a model of extractive development based on the over-exploitation of communities and...
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Between 1992 and 2015 Argentina lost 17% of its tree cover. Regionally, deforestation continues, but net forest loss recently came to a halt. Some scholars argue that this was facilitated by industrial agricultural intensification. This view is debated, but we focus on the neglected costs associated with this intensification. An almost tenfold incr...
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Sonia E. Álvarez, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Millie Thayer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, and Augustín Lao-Montes, eds., Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. Tables, figures, bibliography, index, 408 pp.; hardcover $104.95, paperback $28.95. - Renata Motta
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STS and social movement scholars have shown the importance of ‘getting undone science done’ to advance the goals of social movements fighting environmental health injustice. The production and mobilization of counter-expertise, meaning the reliance on expertise, broadly construed, to contest regulatory decisions based on scientific knowledge, must...
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'Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina', by Pablo Lapegna, Oxford University Press, 2016.
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As a foundational topic of modern social sciences, research on inequalities has followed a long path of development and change. Some issues, concepts and topics have been constant, such as those related to social stratification and social mobility, while other conceptualizations and concerns have had ups and downs, with different emphases along tim...
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This book presents studies from across Latin America to take up the challenge of exploring the plurality of social inequalities from a global perspective. Accordingly, it identifies the structural forces of social inequalities on a world scale as they shape asymmetries observed in a wide array of phenomena, such as racial and gender inequality, urb...
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Brazil's Emerging role in Global Governance: Health, Food Security and Bioenergy, by Markus Fraundorfer. Palgrave & Macmillan, 2016.
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Contrary to expectations that the governments of the ‘pink wave’ in Argentina and Brazil would take a ‘left turn’ to address the demands of peasant movements in their struggle to bring about alternative agrarian policies, the structural conditions of these movements have continued to be fraught with violence and criminalisation. New mechanisms to d...
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La introducción de la biotecnología es parte de un proceso global de cambio estructural en la agricultura caracterizado por una cada vez mayor integración de la agricultura mundial con alto control corporativo. Sin embargo, ya que la competencia legal para permitir el cultivo y el comercio de cultivos genéticamente modificados (GM) comúnmente se en...
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Any attempt to bring together such diverse research endeavors under the common goal of advancing conceptual debates always brings with it the complex task of drawing lessons from the existing scholarship and defining ways forward. The global entangled inequalities perspective is under construction and draws on insights from the different approaches...
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The introduction of biotechnology is part of a global process of structural change in agriculture characterized by an increased integration of world agriculture with high corporate control. However, as the legal competence to allow the planting and trade of genetically modified (GM) crops commonly lies at the level of the nation state, this remains...
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This book explores the transformation of Brazil and Argentina into two of the world s largest producers of genetically modified (GM) crops. Systematically comparing their stories in order to explain their paths, differences, ruptures and changes, the author reveals that the emergence of the two nations as leading producers of GM crops cannot be exp...
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This book explores the transformation of Brazil and Argentina into two of the world's largest producers of genetically modified (GM) crops. Systematically comparing their stories in order to explain their paths, differences, ruptures and changes, the author reveals that the emergence of the two nations as leading producers of GM crops cannot be exp...
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The introduction of biotechnology is part of a global process of structural change in agriculture characterized by an increased integration of world agriculture with high corporate control. However, as the legal competence to allow the planting and trade of genetically modified (GM) crops commonly lies at the level of the nation state, this remains...
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Social movements from the Global South are usually investigated by applying theories developed by and for the Global North. But what happens when theories travel across diverse social contexts? Can theories and concepts developed in the Global North fully capture the complexities of social movements and societies that have followed different histor...
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This panel aims to analyze (among others) the following processes: - The structuration of inequalities of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and nationality within “food value chains” and their processes which include the production, commercialization, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food products; - The inequalities produced by the agri...
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Research on social movement frames has been cumulative. Recently, scholars started studying the structural incentives and constraints for claim-makers by relying on the concept of discursive opportunity structure (DOS) while bringing the public sphere and the media to the centre of analysis of political contention. This article draws on these liter...
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This review provides an overview of social research on genetically modified crops (GM crops), also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Academic inquiry on the social disputes over the future of agriculture biotechnology has multiplied since the mid-1990s, when the first seeds were approved for market commercialization. This essay identi...
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O artigo versa sobre a teoria da modernização reflexiva de Ulrich Beck, considerando a sua recente expansão com a tese de uma sociedade global do risco. Dois elementos são analisados: a noção de risco como categoria sociológica e a relação entre os conceitos de modernidade e de reflexividade. Quanto ao primeiro, levanta-se a questão sobre a reivind...
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Referring to new challenges in the study of contemporary social movements, Tarrow claims that “To the extent to which we have allowed the examples of civil Western movements from 1960s to shape our models, we will not be able to understand them” (2011). The author refers to ethnic wars and terrorist movements, in particular Islamist groups; other m...
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When one looks at current figures, in which Brazil and Argentina are, respectively, the second and third world's biggest producers of genetically modified crops (GM crops of GMOs), the social movement struggles that surrounded and keep revolving around the issue are difficult to visualize. However, the adoption of the technology has been disputed f...
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This paper is about how different types of actors try to shape public discourse in the contentious politics over genetically modified crops (GMOs) by using „risk“ frames. Given the existence of an international legal framework that applies to food trade, all decisions regarding GMOs must be based on a risk analysis to health and environment. Notwit...
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This study involves the public discourse on genetically modified crops (GMOs) in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. The choice of Latin American countries aims at shedding light on the relationships between social inequalities, rights claiming and risk debates based on empirical evidence. I will present three main findings of a frame analysis from new...
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This essay explores how Latin America offers a privileged locus for the social scientist to cope with the epistemological challenge of adjusting theory and empiria. The argument is that although this is a challenge common to all social scientists, it becomes more explicit as such for the social scientist in the region, as he/she exercises a profess...
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Esta pesquisa parte da problematica das relacoes entre saude e comercio internacional para analisar como a Reforma do Estado brasileira em vigilância sanitaria na decada de 1990, notadamente, a criacao da Agencia Nacional de Vigilância Sanitaria (Anvisa) esta relacionada com o avanco do regime multilateral de comercio. Com base na reflexao de Fouca...
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Dissertação (mestrado)—Universidade de Brasília, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Centro de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação sobre as Américas, 2008. O tema desta pesquisa são as relações de luta entre política, economia e ciência para a definição da política sanitária referente aos riscos dos alimentos geneticamente modificados. Parte-se da discussão teóric...

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Develop an open and online epidemiological survey to be self-administered by rural communities in polluted areas to assess their collective health.