Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

We’ve been reviewing our science curriculum, and a large focus at the start of this was on sustainability… understanding the politics of foodways is a huge part of this.

Meneley, Anne (2011) Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Food, Culture & Society 14(2)June, pp.275-292

“This paper examines the trajectory of fairtrade extra-virgin olive oil from its troubled production in Palestine, to its convoluted and difficult circulation in the West Bank and out of Israel, to ethical consumers abroad who buy it out of solidarity with Palestinian farmers. I examine the emotions embedded in the product: the blood, sweat and tears of the Palestinian producer and the sympathy of the consumers. The deleterious conditions of production in Palestine affect its possible trajectories. The consumers of Palestinian olive oil effect an embodied expression of opposition to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.” (p.275)

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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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