Food In Society: Economy, Culture, Geography

Paperback | December 29, 2000

byPeter Atkins, Ian Bowler

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Food is now a massive international undertaking, and this new textbook provides a broad introduction, encompassing economics, cultural studies, and geography. It can be used in a wide range of courses, from economics to food science to political science and postmodern studies of culturalattitudes. The first part of the book focuses on the political economy of food and traces the supply chain from production to point of sale. It highlights the increasing impact of capitalism on each stage of the process. The second part examines global issues in supply and demand, including famine,world patterns of food aid, and the related geopolitics. The third part is devoted to political ecology and the environmental issues related to food production and consumption. It describes in detail two of the most contentious recent issues, Mad Cow Disease and genetically modified foods. The finalsection provides a survey of food consumption around the world, including taste preferences, food habits, beliefs, and taboos.

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Food is now a massive international undertaking, and this new textbook provides a broad introduction, encompassing economics, cultural studies, and geography. It can be used in a wide range of courses, from economics to food science to political science and postmodern studies of culturalattitudes. The first part of the book focuses on ...

Peter Atkins is a professor at the University of Durham, and Ian Bowler is a professor at the University of Leicester.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 29, 2000Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0340720042

ISBN - 13:9780340720042

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Table of Contents

Part 1Hors D'oeuvre - A background to food studies
Part 2The Political Economy of Food
Introduction
Food regimes as an organizing concept
Globalisation and food networks
Transformation of the farm sector
Food processing and manufacturing
Food marketing and the consumer
Part 3Global and Geopolitical Food Issues
Introduction
Food production and population
Malnutrition, hunger and famine
Food surpluses
Food security
Food, world trade and geopolitics
Part 4A Political Ecology of Food
Introduction
Environmental context
Food quality
Food and health
From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution
Food ethics, food policies and civil society
Part 5Food Consumption Spaces
Introduction
Factors in consumption
The origins of taste
Food habits, beliefs and taboos
Food, gender and domestic spaces
Part 6Conclusion
Food studies resources.

Editorial Reviews

A very good book...its wide range of very brief chapters keeps the reader constantly challenged. Given the wealth of information this is definitely one for the library shelf.TEG News (British Ecological Society) Australia An extremely ambitious book, full of references from various areas of food studies, ranging from geography and anthropology to rural sociology and agricultural economics. An invaluable resource that should help those in food studies beyond geography understand how geographers think about food, and help geographers and geography students understand the various perspectives on food within their field.Gastronomica