By David Goodman
Farmers’ markets, veggie containers, neighborhood meals, natural items and reasonable exchange items – how have those as soon as novel, "alternative" meals, and the folks and networks assisting them, turn into more and more ordinary gains of daily intake? Are the visions of "alternative worlds" equipped on ethics of sustainability, social justice, animal welfare and the cultured values of neighborhood meals cultures and conventional crafts nonetheless credible now that those meals crowd grocery store cabinets and different "mainstream" procuring retailers?
This well timed e-book presents a severe evaluate of the expansion of different foodstuff networks and their fight to guard their moral and aesthetic values opposed to the standardizing pressures of the company mainstream with its "placeless and anonymous" international provide networks. It explores how those substitute hobbies are "making a distinction" and their attainable function as fears of worldwide weather switch and nutrients lack of confidence accentuate. It assesses the various reviews of those networks in 3 significant arenas of meals activism and politics: Britain and Western Europe, the U.S., and the worldwide reasonable exchange financial system. This comparative viewpoint runs through the e-book to totally discover the innovative erosion of the interface among replacement and mainstream foodstuff provisioning. because the period of "cheap meals" attracts to a detailed, research of the constraints of market-based social switch and the way forward for substitute foodstuff economies and localist meals politics position this e-book on the state of the art of the sector.
The booklet is punctiliously educated by means of modern social idea and interdisciplinary social medical scholarship, formulates an integrative social perform framework to appreciate substitute nutrients production-consumption, and provides a different geographical achieve in its case studies.
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Extra resources for Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice, and Politics
The political economy perspective draws on Marx’s critique of commodity fetishism as casting a veil over the real inequalities in capitalist society. That is, market exchange and economic goods – rather than being what utilitarians see as a source of individual freedom – are in fact a “fetish,” an illusory form of freedom. For Marx, social injustice arose from private ownership of the means of production, which constituted the material basis of the exploitation of labor by capital.
Politics in place, by contrast, is a non-territorial way of viewing place politics in an age of global connectiv ity. Instead of seeing political activity as unique, places might be seen as the sites which juxtapose the varied politics – the local, national, and global – that we ﬁnd today. What matters is this juxtaposition. : 397), thereby avoiding the normative contradictions to which a politics of place is prone (see also Castree 2003a, 2004). To forge our understanding of the local as an imperfect politics in place, we need to open up the black box of “trust” and ask: where does that trust come from and is it always intrinsically good?
Re-localization can be seen as part of the restructuring of government toward “governance”: the devolution of some autonomy in decision making to networks of local actors but with coordination still exercised through multilayered, top- down institutional structures. From this more critical perspective, re-localization appears to be not so much about resistance to neoliberal globalization as an intrinsic part of it because it has “endorsed and fostered the self-regulation of individuals and communities which, at the regional level, equates to the accept ance of programs, techniques and procedures that support market rule, produc tivism and global competition” (Lawrence 2005: 9).