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Pablo Lapegna

Assistant Professor
315 Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3196 (office) • plapegna@uga.edu
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Dr. Pablo Lapegna is assistant professor of Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He obtained his Licenciatura in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires in 2001, earned his PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2011, and shortly after he joined the University of Georgia. He teaches and writes about social movements, environmental issues, critical agrarian studies, and global processes, with a focus on South America and using qualitative methods. He holds a joint appointment with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.

His book Soybeans and Power: Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Politics, and Social Movements in Argentina (New York: Oxford University Press) investigates the sweeping expansion of genetically modified soybeans in Argentina and the ways in which rural populations think, feel, and act when affected by environmental problems and quotidian hardships. Drawing on ethnography, the manuscript engages three main issues. First, focusing on processes of environmental suffering, the book inspects the socio-environmental consequences of GM crops. Second, it scrutinizes the mechanisms of demobilization and the decline of contention. Third, the book intervenes in debates about neoliberalism and post-neoliberalism in Latin America, drawing on Argentina to examine the social and environmental consequences of the contemporary “commodity boom” in the region.

Other on-going projects involve the impact of genetically modified crops in Latin America; a comparative study of state-social movement relationships in Argentina and Venezuela; research on riots, repression, and patronage politics in Bolivia; and analyses of occupied workplaces that have been transformed into cooperatives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Qualitative Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, and the Journal of Agrarian Change; and organizes of the Georgia Workshop on Culture, Power, and History and the Latin American Sustainable Agriculture Initiative.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2011
  • M.A., Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2007
  • Licenciatura en Sociología (BA in Sociology), University of Buenos Aires, 2001

Selected Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • 2013 Research Fellowship. Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia.
  • 2012 Research Seminar Fellowship. Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia.

Selected Publications

Lapegna, Pablo. Forthcoming 2013. “Social Movements and Patronage Politics: Processes of Demobilization and Double Pressure.” Sociological Forum Vol. 28, no. 4 (December).

Lapegna, Pablo. Forthcoming. “The Expansion of Transgenic Soybeans and the Killing of Indigenous Peasants in Argentina.” Societies without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences.

Lapegna, Pablo and Javier Auyero. 2012. “Democratic Processes, Patronage Politics, and Contentious Collective Action in El Alto, Bolivia.” In Hilgers, Tina (Ed.) Clientelism in Everyday Latin American Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Auyero, Javier, Pablo Lapegna and Fernanda Page Poma. 2010. “Patronage Politics and Contentious Collective Action: A Recursive Relationship.” Latin American Politics and Society51(3):1-31.

Lapegna, Pablo. 2009. “Ethnographers of the World… United? Current Debates on the Ethnographic Study of ‘Globalization’.” Journal of World-Systems Research XV(1): 3-24.

Lapegna, Pablo and Santiago Canevaro. 2009. “Cruzando márgenes: segregación territorial y relaciones de poder en un barrio de Buenos Aires.” In Grimson, Alejandro, Cecilia Ferraudi Curto and Ramiro Segura (Eds.) La vida política en los barrios populares de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires: Prometeo.

Lapegna, Pablo. 2007. “Transgénicos, ‘desarrollo sustentable’ y (neo)liberalismo en Argentina.” In Mato, Daniel and Fermín Maldonado (Eds.) Cultura y transformaciones sociales en tiempos de globalización. Buenos Aires: CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences).

Domínguez Diego, Pablo Lapegna, and Pablo Sabatino. 2006. “Un futuro presente: las luchas territoriales” Nómadas 24. Universidad Central-IESCO, Bogotá, Colombia.

Lapegna, Pablo. 2005. “Transformaciones sociales y nuevas articulaciones agroalimentarias. Las Ferias Francas de la provincia de Misiones.” In Giarracca, Norma and Miguel Teubal (Eds.) El campo argentino en la encrucijada. Estrategias y resistencias sociales, ecos en la ciudad. Buenos Aires: Alianza.

Domínguez, Diego, Pablo Lapegna and Pablo Sabatino. 2005. “Agriculturas en tensión en Colonia Loma Senes, provincia de Formosa.” In Giarracca, Norma and Miguel Teubal (Eds.) El campo argentino en la encrucijada. Estrategias y resistencias sociales, ecos en la ciudad. Buenos Aires: Alianza.

Barbetta, Pablo N. and Pablo Lapegna. 2004. “Tierra y ciudadanía: un estudio comparativo entre el Movimiento Campesino de Santiago del Estero (Argentina) y la Federación Nacional Campesina (Paraguay).” In Giarracca, Norma and Bettina Levy (Eds.) Ruralidades Latinoamericanas. Identidades y luchas sociales. Buenos Aires: CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences).

Lapegna, Pablo and Pablo Barbetta. 2001. “Cuando la protesta toma forma: los cortes de ruta en el Norte salteño.” In Giarracca, Norma (Ed.) La Protesta Social en la Argentina: Transformaciones económicas y crisis social en el interior del país. Buenos Aires: Alianza.

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