The Politics of Food
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Politics of Food by Brigitte Nerlich
Book DescriptionIs 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859738535
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brigitte Nerlich
Communicating Biological Sciences, Hardback (September 2009)
Discusses the 'ethics' of science communication in light of developments in biotechnology and biomedicine. This book focuses on the role of metaphors in the creation of visions and the framing of scientific advances, as well as their impact on patterns of public acceptance and rejection, trust and scepticism.
Social and Cultural Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK in 2001, Hardback (July 2009)
The 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic in the UK had a devastating and long-lasting impact on individuals and communities. Although many studies about FMD have been published since 2001, this is the first book to examine in any detail the ways in which the outbreak affected the fabric of rural life and rural culture across class and generations.
Politics of Food, Hardback (September 2004)
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? From the BSE outbreak in the 1990s through to cultural taboos and the genetic modification of produce and livestock, this book raises provocative questions about how we relate to food in the 21st century.
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Author Biography - Brigitte Nerlich
Marianne E. Lien is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Brigitte Nerlich is Principal Research Officer, Institute of Study of Genetics, Biorisks and Society, University of Nottingham.
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