The Fight Over Food
Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: Penn State University Press
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Like the individual, collective, and institutional work required for transform-ing our agrifood system, this book is the product of a similar collaboration.The momentum for this project originated with the creative energies ofmembers of the International Sociological Association’s Research Commit-tee on Agriculture and Food (rc-). In June the editors of this volume...
Introduction: Fighting Over Food: Change in the Agrifood System
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Time magazine recently reported the story of a man in Ann Arbor, Michi-gan,who had been pulled over in his pickup truck by the state police for haul-ing illegal cargo. This was the culmination of a sting operation that resultedin seizure of the cargo. But this was no ordinary drug bust; the driver of themud-splattered pickup truck was a dairy farmer dealing in raw milk (Cole...
Part I. Conceptual Framework
1 Agency and Resistance in the Sociology of Agriculture and Food
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While agency has occupied a prominent position since the classical periodof sociology (i.e, Marx and Engels /;Weber /; Durkheim/ and /), more recent debates have forcefully reintroducedthe topic (i.e., Archer ;Bourdieu ; Giddens , ;Joas ).Often motivated by the charge that modern theory has been exhausted,...
2 Agency and the Agrifood System
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Two tasks are undertaken in this chapter. First, I explore the current inter-est in agency and speculate as to its emergence, particularly among socialscientists involved in the production-consumption debates. Second, becauseof the lack of deﬁnition of agency, I give various empirical examples inwhich behaviors related to agency can be said to be at work. These cases are...
3 Resistance, Agency, and Counterwork: A Theoretical Positioning
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The main task of this chapter is to unravel some of the conceptual and inter-pretative problems implicated in studying issues of “resistance” and “agency.”But why should we take up these seemingly old intellectual chestnuts whenthere already exists a voluminous body of literature on these matters?My response would be that, after the invention of the “cultural dope” of...
Part II. Case Studies: Making Room for Agency
4 Counterhegemony or Bourgeois Piggery? Food Politics and the Case of FoodShare
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Back in , before there was an entire television channel devoted to food,before the omnipresence of Williams-Sonoma and a twenty-four-hour foodnetwork,and before Vogue declared food “the new sex,”1 Barbara Ehrenreichidentiﬁed the growing cultural importance of food: “Among the upscale,trend-setting people who are held up for our admiration in commercials for...
5 Resistance, Redistribution, and Power in the Fair Trade Banana Initiative
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The Fair Trade movement critiques the conventional agrifood system by con-necting producers in the global South with consumers in the global Norththrough alternative trade channels that are more equitable than those typi-cal of conventional trade networks (Murray and Raynolds ; Raynolds; Renard ). Worldwide, sales of Fair Trade–labeled products (in-...
6 Sustaining Outrage: Cultural Capital, Strategic Location, and Motivating Sensibilities in the U.S. Anti–Genetic Engineering Movement
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There is strong evidence that a new social movement against genetic engi-neering (ge) in agriculture—or the “anti-ge movement,” for short1—hashad a signiﬁcant impact on the regulation of these new production tech-nologies, the public awareness and acceptance of genetically modiﬁed foods,and the economic fortunes of the agricultural biotechnology industry (Bar-...
7 Social Life and Transformation in Salmon Fisheries and Aquaculture
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Salmon are at the heart of major social changes taking place in the seafoodsector. The recent emergence of global production methods based on theindustrial farming of salmon has transformed seafood. The up side to thischange has been that salmon, known to be an important part of a healthydiet, has been made more readily available to consumers.Yet studies are re-...
Part III. Case Studies: Constraints to Agency
8 Infertile Ground: The Struggle for a New Puerto Rican Food System
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Since the late s, activists in Puerto Rico have struggled to promotesustainable agriculture as a means of breaking the island’s dependence onboth food and food stamps from the United States. Farmers and activistshave established farmers’ markets and other direct-marketing opportunities,organized workshops on organic techniques and agroecology, and created a...
9 Possibilities for Revitalizing Local Agriculture: Evidence from Four Counties in Washington State
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Research in the sociology of agriculture has come a long way since the lates, when recurrent “farm crises” in the United States brought populistand Marxist scholars together to develop a “new political economy of agri-culture” (Friedland ). At that time, many U.S. farm families were beingsqueezed out of agriculture in spite of their best eﬀorts to sustain their farms,...
10 Consumers and Citizens in the Global Agrifood System: The Cases of New Zealand and South Africa in the Global Red Meat Chain
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With the rapid growth in studies of globalization and mass culture (e.g.,Ritzer ), social studies of agriculture and food, or agrifood studies, havebegun to examine social relations and practices surrounding agriculturalproduction and food consumption in the context of rapid capital concen-tration in the global agrifood industry (e.g., Bonanno et al. ; Goodman...
Conclusion: From Mindful Eating to Structural Change
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We began this book by laying out some of the major changes we see tak-ing place in our relationship to food and agriculture. From the contentiouspolitics aimed at rectifying injustices around global trade to the debates overscale-appropriate production and processing, contests over the future of foodand agriculture are thriving. Few topics evoke the passion and controversy...
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Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Rural Studies