As food sovereignty spreads to new realms that dramatically diverge from the agrarian context in which it was originally conceived, this raises new challenges, as well as opportunities, for already complex transnational agrarian movements. In the face of such challenges, calls for convergence have increasingly been put forward as a strategy for building political power. Looking at the US case, we argue that historically rooted resistance efforts for agrarian justice, food justice and immigrant labor justice across the food system are not only drawing inspiration from food sovereignty, but helping to shape what food sovereignty means in the US. By digging into the histories of these resistance efforts, we can better understand the divides that exist as well as the potential for and politics of convergence. The US case thus offers important insights, especially into the roles of race and immigration in the politics of convergence that might strengthen the global movement for food sovereignty as it expands to new contexts and seeks to engage with new constituencies.

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Keywords Food sovereignty, agrarian justice, food justice, immigrant labor justice, politics of convergence, US
ISBN 978-0-415-78634-8
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Brent, Z.W, McGee Schiavoni, C, & Alonso-Fradejas, A. (2017). Contextualising food sovereignty: the politics of convergence among movements in the USA. In Food Sovereignty: Convergence and Contradictions, Condition and Challenges. Retrieved from