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Emancipatory or Neoliberal Food Politics? Exploring the “Politics of Collectivity” of Buying Groups in the Search for Egalitarian Food Democracies

Moragues Faus, Ana 2017. Emancipatory or Neoliberal Food Politics? Exploring the “Politics of Collectivity” of Buying Groups in the Search for Egalitarian Food Democracies. Antipode 49 (2) , pp. 455-476. 10.1111/anti.12274

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Abstract

In the context of apolitical tendencies in food studies, this paper explores how alternative food networks can contribute to developing emancipatory food politics rather than constitute a tool to reproduce neoliberal subjectivities. For this purpose, I contend that the post‐political literature offers a useful approach to examining the concept of food politics by developing a more robust theoretical framework, permitting the establishment of linkages with broader contemporary processes of social change. The analysis of an action‐research process with buying groups in Spain is used to examine the “politics of collectivity” at play, that is, how these initiatives institutionalise “the political”. Specifically I explore the motivations mobilised to construct place‐based ethical repertoires and unveil how these groups govern the relationality of consumption practices in the pursuit of broader processes of change. I conclude by discussing the contribution of these initiatives to building egalitarian food democracies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (CPLAN)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > TX Home economics
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0066-4812
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 June 2016
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 16:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91941

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