Consuming Interests: The Social Provision of Foods

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Overview

Addressing a significant but neglected topic, this book focuses on the social dimensions of food production, distribution and retailing. It examines retailing in recent years, where corporate retailers have expanded their powers over the food supply system and the social, political and moral concern about consumption has grown considerable. The authors expand and reinforce the idea that corporate retailing in Britain can only maintain its dominant market position through the exercise of political and social activities within national state and market structures.

The book also goes beyond the study of food choice per se to look at broader questions: Why does the out-of-town location and neo-classical design of your local Sainsburys matter? How can the state best regulate food provision given its priorities to de-regulate the economy but encourage the health of the nation? How are consumers best represented through state, market or interest group activities? Consuming Interests will be of interest to researchers and students of public policy, planning, food studies, sociology and human geography and to professionals in public policy and the food section.

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Examining corporate retailers, government regulators, and consumer organizations involved in the food sector, Marsden and Andrew Flynn (environmental policy and planning, Cardiff U., UK) and Michelle Harrison, a researcher at the Henley Centre in London, raise several questions about what the public can expect their governments to do about food safety and quality, what limits may be placed upon states' actions, and what the appropriate balances might be between public and private interests in the acquisition of quality foods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857288995
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Consumption and Space Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: regulation, retailing and consumption: deregulating states and concerned consumers 1
Pt. I Concepts and framework 11
2 Food policy and regulation 13
3 Restructuring and retailing 24
4 Citizenship, consumption and food rights 42
Pt. II National strategies 57
5 Food consumers: the limits of formal and collective representation 59
6 The retailers: the emergence of retailer-led food governance 73
7 Evolving models of food regulation 85
Pt. III Local strategies 105
8 Local retail-consumption spaces and hierarchies 107
9 The nationalisation of food regulation: coping with space 133
10 The local regulatory interface: enforcement practice on the ground 147
11 Conclusions: retailing, regulation and consumption 177
App The social research methods employed in the study 202
Bibliography 207
Index 213
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