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
Critical Agrarian Studies is the new accompanying book series to the Journal of Peasant Studies. It publishes selected special issues of the journal and, occasionally, books that offer major contributions in the field of critical agrarian studies. The book series builds on the long and rich history of the journal and its former accompanying book series, the Library of Peasant Studies (1973-2008) which had published several important monographs and special-issues-as-books.