The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure

Overview

The Slow Food movement was established in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets, and large-scale agribusiness. Defending "the universal right to pleasure," it promotes food production and consumption based on "good, clean, and fair" local products. In twenty years Slow Food has grown into an international organisation with more than 80,000 members in over 100 countries. With roots in the 1960s and 1970s counter-culture, Slow Food's distinctive politics link gastronomic pleasure ...

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Overview

The Slow Food movement was established in Italy as a response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets, and large-scale agribusiness. Defending "the universal right to pleasure," it promotes food production and consumption based on "good, clean, and fair" local products. In twenty years Slow Food has grown into an international organisation with more than 80,000 members in over 100 countries. With roots in the 1960s and 1970s counter-culture, Slow Food's distinctive politics link gastronomic pleasure and environmental responsibility. The movement crosses the left-right divide to embrace both the conservative desire to preserve traditional rural communities and an alternative "virtuous" idea of globalisation. In the first in-depth study of the fascinating politics of Slow Food, Geoff Andrews shows that the alternative future it offers can be extended to all aspects of modern life. The Slow Food Story is an extensive critique of the fast-moving, work-obsessed contemporary capitalist culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773534780
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Andrews, the author of several books including Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi and Endgames and New Times: The Final Years of British Communism, writes for a range of newspapers and journals - including The Financial Times and Open Democracy - and is associate editor of Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture . He is currently staff tutor in politics, the Open University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Ideas

1 Politics in Search of Pleasure 3

2 The Critique of 'Fast Life' 29

3 Terra Madre 48

Pt. 2 People

4 Gastronome! The Arrival of a New Political Subject 67

5 The Return of the Producer ... and the Death of the Consumer? 86

6 The Movement 103

Pt. 3 Places

7 Rediscovering the Local 129

8 Virtuous Globalisation 148

9 Slow Food, Gastronomy and Cultural Politics 165

List of Osterias and Restaurants 183

Notes 184

Index 191

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