Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks

On that note of eating ethically and Parkins and Craig’s article (loved it!):

Parkins, Wendy and Geoffrey Craig (2009) Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks Food, Culture & Society 12(1), March, pp.78-103

“Much of the existing research on emerging alternative food networks has not sufficiently recognized the importance of culture and we seek to address this omission. Through two case studies of global and local forms of alternative food networks respectively, we demonstrate the centrality and complexity of the workings of culture in the places, practices and politics of alternative food networks. Firstly, a study of Slow Food’s Terra Madre forum illustrates the negotiation that occurs between cultural formations and global flows in an attempt to deploy cultural values to protect and enhance alternative food networks. Secondly, the Otago Farmers’ Market is examined as an instance of an affective cultural space which can engender the formation of ethical subjectivity and political potential. In each case, our analysis is motivated by a desire to explore the political possibilities of alternative food networks.” (p.78)

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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