Food, Agriculture and Social Change: The Everyday Vitality of Latin America

1st Edition

Stephen Sherwood, Alberto Arce, Myriam Paredes

Routledge
Published May 11, 2017
Reference - 234 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138214989 - CAT# Y290911
Series: Earthscan Food and Agriculture

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Summary

In recent years, food studies scholarship has tended to focus on a number of increasingly abstract, largely unquestioned concepts with regard to how capital, markets and states organize and operate. This has led to a gulf between public policy and people’s realities with food as experienced in homes and on the streets. Through grounded case studies in seven Latin American countries, this book explores how development and social change in food and agriculture are fundamentally experiential, contingent and unpredictable.

In viewing development in food as a socio-political-material experience, the authors find new objects, intersubjectivities and associations. These reveal a multiplicity of processes, effects and affects largely absent in current academic literature and public policy debates. In their attention to the contingency and creativity found in households, neighbourhoods and social networks, as well as at the borders of human–nonhuman experience, the book explores how people diversely meet their food needs and passions while confronting the region’s most pressing social, health and environmental concerns.

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