The Sociology of Food and Agriculture
The book begins with the recent development of agriculture under capitalism and neo-liberal regimes, and the transformation of farming and peasant agriculture from a small-scale, family-run way of life to a globalized system. Topics such as the global hunger and obesity challenges, GM foods, and international trade and subsidies are assessed as part of the world food economy. The final section concentrates on themes of sustainability, food security, and food sovereignty. The book concludes on a positive note, examining alternative agri-food movements aimed at changing foodscapes at levels from the local to the global.
With increased coverage of the financialization of food, food and culture, gender, ethnicity and justice, food security, and food sovereignty, the book is perfect for students with little or no background in sociology and is also suitable for more advanced courses as a comprehensive primer. All chapters include learning objectives, suggested discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.
- Hardback | 348 pages
- 159 x 235 x 20.57mm | 635g
- 12 Feb 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- 2nd New edition
- 38 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Halftones, black and white; 21 Tables, black and white; 61 Illustrations, black and white
Other books in this series
01 Dec 2014
12 Feb 2016
09 Jan 2014
09 Oct 2012
12 Jan 2012
29 Jan 2013
03 May 2018
01 Dec 2014
08 Mar 2017
09 Mar 2017
26 Apr 2017
27 Dec 2016
02 Aug 2012
01 Nov 2014
Table of contents
Part 1: Global Food Economy
2. Understanding the Food System: Past, Present, and Future
3. Malnutrition: Hidden and Visible
4. Financialization of Food
Part 2: Community, Culture, and Knowledge
5. Community, Labor, and Peasants
6. Food and Culture
7. Gender, Ethnicity, and Justice
8. Agrobiocultural Diversity and Knowledge Transfer
Part 3: Food Security and the Environment
9. Agroecosystems and the Nature of "Natures"
10. Food, Agriculture, and the Environment
11. Food Security and Food Sovereignty
Part 4: Agrifood Futures
12. Alternative Agrofood Networks
13. The "Traps" in Agrifood Studies... and Beyond
"The interactions between food and society are incredibly complex, as well as increasingly contested. This book illustrates the value of applying a critical, sociological lens to these topics. The second edition is even more comprehensive, and remains an extraordinary synthesis of a very diverse field of scholarship." - Philip H. Howard, , Associate Professor of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, USA and author of Concentration and Power in the Food System.
"I found the first edition quite useful for helping the growing number of students enrolling in my sociology of agriculture and food systems course survey the field. I appreciate the expanded topics in this second edition that explore in more depth an even broader range of food system topics that reflect where the field is evolving. I also really love all the graphics integrated into the text." - Jeff S. Sharp, Director and Professor of Rural Sociology, The Ohio State University, USA.
"Michael Carolan's second edition of the Sociology of Food and Agriculture is a timely addition to a growing chorus that describes our current predicaments while offering sources and tools of hope. Carolan's unique style blends the breadth and depth of a creative academic, a driven sociological imagination and a passion for justice around issues of food and agriculture that can inform and inspire students and scholars alike. This is a vital book at an important time." - Paul V. Stock, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Environmental Studies Program, The University of Kansas, USA.
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