Geographies of Food: An Introduction

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Geographies of Food: An Introduction Authors: , , , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Pages: 368 Illustrations and other contents: 65 colour illus; 65 colour illus Language: English ISBN: 9780857854582 Category:

Food is pivotal to the human experience. Its production and preparation occupies the waking hours of millions of people, and structures the domestic spaces and routines of everyday life. Around the world, from local community groups to inter-governmental summits, people are discussing the future of food in the face of threats from climate change, population growth and natural resource depletion. This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary geographies of food. It begins by exploring the relationship between food, place and space and then examines the contemporary food `crisis’ in all its dimensions, as well as the many solutions which are currently being proposed. Drawing on international case studies, this text examines the complex relationships operating between people and processes at a range of geographical scales, from the shopping decisions of a mother in a British supermarket, to the crop choices made by a farmer in West Africa; from high-level political negotiations at the World Trade Organization, to the strategies of giant agri-businesses whose activities span several continents. Including a range of lively pedagogical features and case studies, this textbook is accompanied by a companion website with additional teaching and learning resources.

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[A] useful, informed text. * Times Higher Education * With growing scholarly and societal interest in the challenges confronting current and future food systems, there is an urgent need for a wide-ranging introduction to the issues at hand. This authoritative and accessible book offers students and practitioners alike the tools to develop a 'geographical imagination' about food. Essential reading. * David M. Evans, Professor of Organization and Sustainability, University of Bristol, UK * Written in a lively, accessible style and packed with goodness, Geographies of Food collects important issues and talks them through in a clear and engaging way. The book reflects the best scholarship in the field right now. An essential teaching and learning resource. * David Bell, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Leeds, UK * The authors deliver a much-needed survey answering fundamental "what," "where," "who," "how," and "why" questions about food. Those new to the field will never experience the world as eaters the same again, while fellow food scholars will be reminded why geography is such an inspiration to their critical work. * Michael S. Carolan, Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development, Colorado State University, USA * Geographies of Food: An Introduction provides students and researchers with an excellent critical entry point to examine the extraordinary breadth and depth of research on connections between food and its geographies. The book address geographies of food at a range of scales, from global to individual and household and invites readers to think about how these scales connect. As a researcher from the Majority World, I particularly appreciated the book's integration of materials and debates from both the Majority World and Minority World, and the efforts to place these within global geopolitics. The book is exceptionally readable and suitable as an introductory text for undergraduate student, but also for researchers wishing to broaden their knowledge of contemporary debates in food studies. The clear learning outcomes at the start of each chapter, the interesting and challenging activities embedded within the chapters and the further reading section at the end of each chapter make Geographies of Food: An Introduction an excellent text book that should stimulate student interest and critical engagement. * Jane Battersby, Senior Lecturer Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa * To study the food system is to pry open the modern world and lay bare its complex, messy and unjust relations of power and history. To do that, you need a textbook to be admirably clear, multi-disciplinary, global and unafraid to confront students with the most fraught and difficult controversies. This is such a guide, and it's sure to become the definitive set text for any undergraduate food studies class, across the social sciences. * Raj Patel, Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, USA * This book engages us with a seemingly simple question: where does food come from? Answering this question, the authors take the reader on a wild ride, engaging with a complex global food system but never losing sight of the main plot points, or the everyday struggles to get dinner on the table. The injustices and corporate concentration are revealed, but so is the human agency seeking to preserve food as a democratic right, a source of identity, and a form of joy. This is an impressive book that will engage seasoned food scholars, and a work brilliantly to introduce the topic of food geography to new readers. * Josee Johnston, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada *

Author Biography

Moya Kneafsey is Professor of Human Geography, Food, and Local Development at the Centre for Agroecology, Water, and Resilience at Coventry University, UK. Damian Maye is Professor of Agri-Food Studies at the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, UK. Lewis Holloway is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Hull, UK. Michael K. Goodman is Professor of Geography at the University of Reading, UK.