The Politics of Food

Front Cover
Marianne E. Lien, Brigitte Nerlich
Bloomsbury Academic, Dec 10, 2004 - Social Science - 244 pages
0 Reviews
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?

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. Anyone interested in globalization, food safety, or what food choices say about food politics will find this book essential reading.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books

References to this book

All Book Search results »

References from web pages

Blackwell Synergy - Nutrition & Dietetics, Volume 63 Issue 3 Page ...
On first glance I had to wonder whether the world needed yet another book called ‘The politics of food’. Like ‘Food for thought’ or ‘You are what you eat’, ... doi/ abs/ 10.1111/ j.1747-0080.2006.00081.x

The Politics of Food
And how are food choices linked to the politics of food markets? ... Epilogue: On the Legacy of The Politics of Food--Anne Murcott ... ?tabid=1487

ingentaconnect The Politics of Food Edited by me Lien and B. Nerlich
The Politics of Food - Edited by me Lien and B. Nerlich. Author: Holloway, Lewis1. Source: The British Journal of Sociology, Volume 57, Number 2, ... content/ bpl/ bjos/ 2006/ 00000057/ 00000002/ art00024;jsessionid=174r4ja7u9z1l.alice?format=print

The politics of food: Childhood, obesity and television ...
our notion of the politics of food is expanded to fields not traditionally thought of as. ’political’. Theoretical approach ... wp-content/ uploads/ children2-%20Tingstad.pdf

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute: The politics of ...
The politics of food. ix, 244 pp., bibliogrs. Oxford, New York: Berg Publishers, 2004. [pounds sterling]50.00 (cloth), [pounds sterling]15.99 (paper) ... p/ articles/ mi_hb3030/ is_200509/ ai_n18939170/ print

Summary of Food-Knowledge & Power-CS42 [06-07]
Lien, Marianne Elisabeth and Brigitte Nerlich (eds) (2004) The Politics of Food. Oxford: Berg. [in library, on reserve]. I also make use of several chapters ... course/ info.php?id=4615

Marianne Elisabeth Lien
Marianne Lien - The Politics of Food. Publications in the research database Frida; Publications in the library database Bibsys ... forskning/ presentasjon/ competence/ lien.html

The Politics of Food. New York: Berg Publishers. Mintz, Sidney. 1996. ... The Politics of Food: an Introduction. Pp. 1-18. Halkier, Bente. 2004. ... ~anthro/ lois_stanford_files/ anth539.doc

Summit Daily News for Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper and Frisco ...
This will be part of his discussion on the politics of food. ... Lynch will also talk in general about the politics of food. ... article/ 20070306/ AE/ 70306008

Freeganism: Food for Mind, Body and Soul |
Today, the politics of food remains germane precisely because the production, distribution, and consumption of food always involve issues of state power and ... node/ 594

About the author (2004)

Marianne E. Lien is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.

Brigitte Nerlich is Senior Research Officer at the Institute for the Study of Genetics, Biorisks and Society, University of Nottingham.

Bibliographic information