The Fight Over Food : Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System

Title

The Fight Over Food : Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System

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Description

Edited by Wynne Wright and Gerad Middendorf.
Includes chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Amy Guptill: Infertile ground : the struggle for a new Puerto Rican food system.
This timely and engaging text offers students a social perspective on food, food practices, and the modern food system. It engages readers’ curiosity by highlighting several paradoxes: how food is both mundane and sacred, reveals both distinction and conformity, and, in the contemporary global era, comes from everywhere but nowhere in particular. With a social constructionist framework, the book provides an empirically rich, multi-faceted, and coherent introduction to this fascinating field.
Each chapter begins with a vivid case study, proceeds through a rich discussion of research insights, and ends with discussion questions and suggested resources. Chapter topics include food’s role in socialization, identity, work, health and social change, as well as food marketing and the changing global food system. In synthesizing insights from diverse fields of social inquiry, the book addresses issues of culture, structure, and social inequality throughout.
Written in a lively style, this book will be both accessible and revealing to beginning and intermediate students alike.

ISBN

9780271032740

Publication Date

2008

Publication Information

University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
viii, 301 p. : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.

Disciplines

Sociology

Department

Sociology

Comments

Located in Drake Library at: HD9000.5 .F497 2008
CONTENTS: Agency and resistance in the sociology of agriculture and food / Alessandro Bonanno, Douglas H. Constance -- Agency and the agrifood system / William H. Friedland -- Resistance, agency, and counterwork : a theoretical positioning / Norman Long -- Counterhegemony or bourgeois piggery? Food politics and the case of FoodShare / Josée Johnston -- Resistance, redistribution, and power in the fair trade banana initiative / Aimee Shreck -- Sustaining outrage : cultural capital, strategic location, and motivating sensibilities in the U.S. anti-genetic engineering movement / William A. Munro, Rachel A. Shurman -- Social life and transformation in salmon fisheries and aquaculture / Michael Skladany -- Infertile ground : the struggle for a new Puerto Rican food system / Amy Guptill -- Possibilities for revitalizing local agriculture : evidence from four counties in Washington State / Raymond A. Jussaume Jr., Kazumi Kondoh -- Consumers and citizens in the global agrifood system : the case of New Zealand and South Africa in the global red meat chain / Keiko Tanaka, Elizabeth Ransom -- From mindful eating to structural change / Wynne Wright, Gerad Middendorf.