The Politics of Food

by Marianne E. Lien (Editor), Brigitte Nerlich (Editor)

Editorial Reviews


"This is a deeply rewarding collection of articles and insights. It reflects and
draws brilliantly on contemporary social science's welcome return of interest to
the subject of food." --Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University,

"A refreshingly dispassionate look at politically explosive issues of risk,
rights, identity, trade, globalization, and security. Avoiding polemics and
advocacy, this collection offers clear and insightful analysis of how modern
food problems are constructed and contested." --Warren Belasco, Editor of Food,
Culture and Society, University of Maryland.

"The Politics of Food concretely demonstrates that local contexts do, in fact,
shape larger settings, even as governments, corporations, social movements, and
other institutions define the moral grounds of culture. Mapping social
connections across a variety of sites, this book deepens our understanding of
how food practices shape the human landscape." --Alice Julier, Smith College and
President, Association for the Study of Food and Society.

"A sound collection of essays on an important contemporary political issue"
--Alan Warde, University of Manchester.

Book Description
Is shopping for food really a political act?Why is it that, in a world with
enough food for everyone, more people than ever go hungry?Why did the French
resistance against genetically modified foods become a fight against
McDonalds?Why did the foot-and-mouth epidemic in the UK become a problem for
consumers?Capable of connecting human bodies to abstract nations, and
techno-science to moral concerns, food has become one of the most contested
fields of our time. It is high on the political agenda throughout the world.
With disease, contamination, famine, hunger and imbalanced food markets all
unfortunate realities, a book that interrogates the politics of food is long
overdue.From the BSE outbreak in the 1990s through to cultural taboos and the
genetic modification of produce and livestock, this timely book raises
provocative questions about how we relate to food in the 21st century. Recent
food scandals and genetically modified organism controversies have shattered the
idea that 'food is food' as we have always known it, and exposed fundamental
dilemmas related to risk and control. Taking as its starting point the premise
that food is politicized in arenas not commonly thought of as political, The
Politics of Food explores issues surrounding the development of global food
markets in underdeveloped nations and addresses recent events that have had a
profound impact on how consumers feel about what they eat. The epidemic of
foot-and-mouth disease that swept through the UK in 2001 spawned a series of
questions concerning the real costs of cheap food. What lessons have been
learned? And how are food choices linked to the politics of food markets?With
globalization, food has increasingly become entangled in webs of political
significance. Through ethnographic case studies, this book reveals how food has
come to serve a key role in political resistance, grassroots activism and
nation-building. Anyone interested in globalization, food safety, or what food
choices say about food politics will find this book essential reading.

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Berg Publishers (November 18, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1859738532



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