Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics

1st Edition

Alana Mann

April 24, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138478343 - CAT# K348533
Series: Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment


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As awareness of the commodification of food for profit at the expense of our health and the planet grows, this book foregrounds the communicative dimensions of resistance by food movements. Voice and participation are argued to be the means through which rural and urban communities can resist the capture of value by corporate actors and work to democratise their foodscapes. 

Tracing the historical co-optation of the language of sustainability, agroecology and nutrition by corporate actors, the author applies a critical political ecology approach to her analysis of meaning-making. She analyses how in contrast activists are applying social process methodology to link the food sovereignty framework with indigenous knowledge, gender equity and post-colonial theory. This approach mobilises farmers to contest the power structures that shape their food environments, and also to focus on social and economic justice within their communities, especially in the context of climate change. It is argued that global governance be modelled on this approach to make food and agriculture policy more inclusive and effective in fulfilling the right to food. Such a positive framing of resistance through horizontal pedagogy, participation, communication and social learning processes contrasts with the vertical dissemination structure of the corporatised food regime.

Voice and Participation in Global Food Politics will be of interest to scholars of agri-food, transdisciplinary food studies and political economy of food systems. It will also be of relevance to NGO's and policy-makers.

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