Globalising Food: Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring

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In an increasingly global world, societies are being provisioned from a bewildering array of sources as new countries and new food commodities are drawn into international markets. Globalising Food provides an innovative contribution to the area of political economy of agriculture, food and consumption through a revealing investigation of the globalisation and restructuring of localised agricultural sectors and food systems.
The book draws on new theoretical perspectives and wide-ranging case studies from Britain, the USA, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Latin America. The key themes addresses range from giant multinational food corporations, rural industrialisation and World Bank policies, to the regulation of pollution, labour relations, urban food politics and environmental sustainability. Globalising Food offers important insights into the problems, consequences and limits of the industrialisation of agriculture and the provisioning of food in a global world as we approach the new millenium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415162524
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 400
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Agrarian Questions: Global Appetite, Local Metabolism: Nature, Culture, and Industry in Fin-De-Siecle Agro-Food Systems 1
Pt. I Institutions, embeddedness and agrarian trajectories
2 Regional Integration and the Family Farm in the Mercosul Countries: New Theoretical Approaches as Supports for Alternative Strategies 35
3 Multiple Trajectories of Rural Industrialisation: An Agrarian Critique of Industrial Restructuring and the New Institutionalism 56
4 Agrarian Questions in the Making of the Knitwear Industry in Tirupur, India: A Historical Geography of the Industrial Present 79
Commentary on Part I: Theoretical Reflections 106
Pt. II Restructing, industry and regional dynamics
5 Restructing National Agriculture, Agro-Food Trade, and Agrarian Livelihoods in the Caribbean 119
6 Restructuring Pork Production, Remaking Rural Iowa 133
Commentary on Part II: Regions in Global Context? Restructuring, Industry, and Regional Dynamics 158
Pt. III Globalisation, value and regulation in the commodity system
7 Creating Space for Food: The Distinctiveness of Recent Agrarian Development 169
8 Agro-Industrial Just-In-Time: The Chicken Industry and Postwar American Capitalism 192
Commentary on Part III: 'Creating Space for Food' and 'Agro-Industrial Just-In-Time' 226
Pt. IV Discourse and class, networks and accumulation
9 Legal Discourse and the Restructuring of Californian Agriculture: Class Relations at the Local Level 235
10 Field-Level Bureaucrats and the Making of New Moral Discourses in Agri-Environmental Controversies 256
Commentary on Part IV: Fields of Dreams, or the Best Game in Town 273
Pt. V Transnational capital and local responses
11 Nourishing Networks: Alternative Geographies of Food 287
12 Reopening Totalities: Venezuela's Restructing and the Globalisation Debate 305
Commentary on Part V: Theoretical Reflections: Transnational Capital and its Alternatives 324
Pt. VI Nature, sustainability and the agrarian question
13 Sustainability and Theory: An Agenda for Action 333
14 Some Observations on Agro-Food Change and the Future of Agricultural Sustainability Movements 344
Commentary on Part VI: Sustainability and Institution Building: Issues and Prospects as Seen from New Zealand 366
Index 375
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