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Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 2

Edited By Marc Edelman Copyright 2016
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume is a pioneering contribution to the study of food politics and critical agrarian studies, where food sovereignty has emerged as a pivotal concept over the past few decades, with a wide variety of social movements, on-the-ground experiments, and policy innovations flying under its broad banner. Despite its large and growing popularity, the history, theoretical foundations, and political program of food sovereignty have only occasionally received in-depth analysis and critical scrutiny. This collection brings together both longstanding scholars in critical agrarian studies, such as Philip McMichael, Bina Agarwal, Henry Bernstein, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, and Marc Edelman, as well as a dynamic roster of early- and mid-career researchers. The ultimate aim is to advance this important frontier of research and organizing, and put food sovereignty on stronger footing as a mobilizing frame, a policy objective, and a plan of action for the human future.

    This volume was published as part one of the special double issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Peasant Studies.

    1. Introduction: critical perspectives on food sovereignty  Marc Edelman, Tony Weis, Amita Baviskar, Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Eric Holt-Giménez, Deniz Kandiyoti and Wendy Wolford

    2. Historicizing food sovereignty  Philip McMichael

    3. Food sovereignty: forgotten genealogies and future regulatory challenges  Marc Edelman

    4. Diálogo de saberes in La Vía Campesina: food sovereignty and agroecology  María Elena Martínez-Torres and Peter M. Rosset

    5. Peasant-driven agricultural growth and food sovereignty  Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

    6. Food sovereignty via the ‘peasant way’: a sceptical view  Henry Bernstein

    7. What place for international trade in food sovereignty?  Kim Burnett and Sophia Murphy

    8. Farmers’ rights and food sovereignty: critical insights from India  Karine Peschard

    9. Life in a shrimp zone: aqua- and other cultures of Bangladesh’s coastal landscape  Kasia Paprocki and Jason Cons

    10. Toward a political geography of food sovereignty: transforming territory, exchange and power in the liberal sovereign state  Amy Trauger

    11. Farmers, foodies and First Nations: getting to food sovereignty in Canada  Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Hannah Wittman

    12. The ‘state’ of food sovereignty in Latin America: political projects and alternative pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia  Ben McKay, Ryan Nehring and Marygold Walsh-Dilley

    13. Food sovereignty in Ecuador: peasant struggles and the challenge of institutionalization  Isabella Giunta

    14. Re-purposing the master’s tools: the open source seed initiative and the struggle for seed sovereignty  Jack Kloppenburg

    15. Food sovereignty, food security and democratic choice: critical contradictions, difficult conciliations  Bina Agarwal


    Marc Edelman, James C. Scott, Amita Baviskar, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Deniz Kandiyoti, Eric Holt-Giménez, Tony Weis, Wendy Wolford