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The political ecology of food:carving 'spaces of possibility' in a new research agenda

Moragues Faus, Ana and Marsden, Terry 2017. The political ecology of food:carving 'spaces of possibility' in a new research agenda. Journal of Rural Studies 55 , pp. 275-288. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.08.016
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Abstract

In times of austerity and global environmental change, recent crises related to food (in)securities and (un)sustainabilities urge us to reposition agri-food research. We argue that there is an opportunity to develop a more critical food scholarship by explicitly integrating political ecology approaches. For this purpose, the paper outlines major elements in the extensive political ecology scholarship to guide a critical review of some central trends in food research, as well as considering the contribution to date of food studies to political ecology perspectives. This exercise allows us to identify key avenues of convergence between food studies and political ecology frameworks that constitute three conceptual building blocks of a revised critical food scholarship: understanding place-based socio-natures; addressing the politics of scale and inequality; and co-producing knowledge and change. These coordinates are used to analyse two emergent potential spaces of possibility, embodied in the emergence of cities as food policy actors and the rise of the Food Sovereignty movement. We conclude by exploring how a critical food scholarship could inform an inclusive reframing to produce the grounds of possibility for a more socially and ecologically diverse food system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 August 2017
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2018 22:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104340

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