Food for Change: The Politics and Values of Social Movements (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

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9780745334493: Food for Change: The Politics and Values of Social Movements (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
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Concern about our food system is growing, from the costs of industrial farming to the dominant role of supermarkets and recurring scandals about the origins and content of what we eat.

Food for Change documents the way alternative food movements respond to these concerns by trying to create more closed economic circuits within which people know where, how, and by whom their food is produced.

Jeff Pratt, Peter Luetchford and other contributors explore the key political and economic questions of food through the everyday experience and vivid insights of farmers and consumers, using fieldwork from case studies in four European countries (France, Spain, Italy and England). Food for Change is an insightful consideration of connections between food and wider economic relations and draws on a rich vein of anthropological writing on the topic.

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About the Author:

Jeff Pratt is Senior Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Class, Nation and Identity: The Anthropology of Political Movements (Pluto, 2003).

Pete Luetchford is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Fair Trade and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica (Pluto, 2007).

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This is a hugely rich account of the local food movement as it manifests itself across Europe, offering compelling case studies of creative alternatives outside the capitalist mainstream. The book digs deep into the social and ecological values associated with food, and fully succeeds in its efforts to bring politics back into the debate. Fascinating, inspiring and a delight to read. -- John Hilary, Executive Director at War on Want This is a timely book that will help to inform, from an anthropological standpoint, academic and political conversations about contemporary alternatives to agro-industrial food. The four cases examined here enrich our understanding of the tight articulation of global-local values and economic processes. It is a great addition to the growing body of food studies. -- Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, author of 'Foodscapes, Foodfields and Identities in Yucatan'

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