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Critical Food Studies: Critical Food Studies


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The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Digital Food Cultures

Digital Food Cultures

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Deborah Lupton, Zeena Feldman
March 12, 2020

This book explores the interrelations between food, technology and knowledge-sharing practices in producing digital food cultures. Digital Food Cultures adopts an innovative approach to examine representations and practices related to food across a variety of digital media: blogs and vlogs (video...

Practising Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Wine, Ethics and Development

Practising Empowerment in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Wine, Ethics and Development

1st Edition

Agatha Herman
April 17, 2019

Despite the promise and optimism surrounding the post-apartheid transition, South African society continues to be highly racialised in its discourses, identities and practices, even within the very strategies that aim to change power relations and heal racialised divisions. Renowned for its brutal...

Geographies of Meat: Politics, Economy and Culture

Geographies of Meat: Politics, Economy and Culture

1st Edition

Harvey Neo, Jody Emel
December 19, 2018

With the ever rising demand for meat around the world, the production of meat has changed dramatically in the past few decades. What has brought about the increasing popularity and attendant normalization of factory farms across many parts of the world? What are some of the ways to resist such...

Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream

1st Edition

Michelle Phillipov, Katherine Kirkwood
December 13, 2018

Media interest in food has intensified in recent years, leading to a contemporary food landscape where ‘alternative’ food practices are increasingly visible. Concerns that were once exclusively the domain of activist movements motivated by environmental, animal rights, health and anti-corporate...

Ecology, Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy: The Second Great Transformation

Ecology, Capitalism and the New Agricultural Economy: The Second Great Transformation

1st Edition

Gilles Allaire, Benoit Daviron
November 27, 2018

With increasing pressure on resources, the looming spectre of climate change and growing anxiety among eaters, ecology and food are at the heart of the political debates surrounding agriculture and diet. This unique contribution unravels agri-environmental issues at different spatial levels, from...

Taste, Waste and the New Materiality of Food

Taste, Waste and the New Materiality of Food

1st Edition

Bethaney Turner
November 15, 2018

Anthropocentric thinking produces fractured ecological perspectives that can perpetuate destructive, wasteful behaviours. Learning to recognise the entangled nature of our everyday relationships with food can encourage ethical ecological thinking and lay the foundations for more sustainable...

Food Pedagogies

Food Pedagogies

1st Edition

Rick Flowers, Elaine Swan
February 12, 2018

In recent years everyone from politicians to celebrity chefs has been proselytizing about how we should grow, buy, prepare, present, cook, taste, eat and dispose of food. In light of this, contributors to this book argue that food has become the target of intensified pedagogical activity across a...

Food and Media: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias

Food and Media: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias: Practices, Distinctions and Heterotopias

1st Edition

Jonatan Leer, Karen Klitgaard Povlsen
February 12, 2018

Food is everywhere in contemporary mediascapes, as witnessed by the increase in cookbooks, food magazines, television cookery shows, online blogs, recipes, news items and social media posts about food. This mediatization of food means that the media often interplays between food consumption and...

Careful Eating: Bodies, Food and Care

Careful Eating: Bodies, Food and Care

1st Edition

Emma-Jayne Abbots, Anna Lavis, Luci Attala
January 24, 2018

Critically reflecting on the interplays between food and care, this multidisciplinary volume asks ’why do individuals, institutions and agencies care about what other people eat?’ It explores how acts of caring about food and eating shape and intervene in individual bodies as well as being enacted...

Digital Food Activism

Digital Food Activism

1st Edition

Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan, Stanley Ulijaszek
January 09, 2018

Digital Food Activism is a new edited volume that investigates how digital media technologies are transforming food activism and consumers' engagements with food, eating, and food systems. Bringing together critical food studies, economic anthropology, digital sociology, and science and technology...

Liquid Materialities: A History of Milk, Science and the Law

Liquid Materialities: A History of Milk, Science and the Law

1st Edition

Peter Atkins
November 11, 2016

As a food, milk has been revered and ignored, respected and feared. In the face of its 'material resistance', attempts were made to purify it of dirt and disease, and to standardize its fat content. This is a history of the struggle to bring milk under control, to manipulate its naturally variable...

Geographies of Race and Food: Fields, Bodies, Markets

Geographies of Race and Food: Fields, Bodies, Markets

1st Edition

Rachel Slocum, Arun Saldanha
October 19, 2016

While interest in the relations of power and identity in food explodes, a hesitancy remains about calling these racial. What difference does race make in the fields where food is grown, the places it is sold and the manner in which it is eaten? How do we understand farming and provisioning, tasting...

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