Roots of Resistance and Resilience: Agroecology Tactics for Resettlement


  • Matthew DelSesto Boston College
  • Megan Donovan Boston College



Methodology, Praxis, Agroecology, Resettlement, Everyday Life, Religion and Spirituality, Social Movements, Environmental Knowledge, El Salvador


In the current era of intensifying global migration and displacement, people face significant obstacles as they resettle and reestablish community in a new place. This reflective essay explores the process that the researchers used to study how one com­munity in El Salvador employed agroecology tac­tics for resettlement after the Salvadoran civil war and has remained rooted despite new forms of vio­lence across Central America. The authors reflect on how their relationship to the community and their role as researchers from the United States vis­iting El Salvador unearths important connec­tions between resettlement and agroecology. An approach utilizing oral histories, participant obser­vation, and situation analysis revealed the need to connect macrolevel sociological perspectives on the environment to a spiritually informed under­standing of how people relate to food systems and agriculture in everyday life. The essay highlights how cooperative agroecology tactics can contribute to people’s ability to resist the forces that create contemporary environmental, human rights and international justice crises after displacement—or confront them with resilience. Concluding insights from El Salvador are offered to inform future agroecology and food systems scholarship and practice.

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Author Biographies

Matthew DelSesto, Boston College

Sociology Department

Megan Donovan, Boston College

School of Social Work and School of Theology & Ministry



How to Cite

DelSesto, M., & Donovan, M. (2019). Roots of Resistance and Resilience: Agroecology Tactics for Resettlement. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(1), 101–117.

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