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Digital Food Activism

1st Edition

Edited by Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan, Stanley Ulijaszek


234 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-01-09
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Digital Food Activism is a new edited volume that investigates how digital media technologies are transforming food activism and consumers' engagements with food, eating, and food systems. Bringing together critical food studies, economic anthropology, digital sociology, and science and technology studies, Digital Food Activism offers innovative multi-disciplinary analyses of food activist practices on social media, mobile apps, and hybrid online and offline alternative spaces. With chapters that focus on diverse digital platforms, food-related issues, and geographic locales, this volume reveals how platforms, programmers, and consumers are becoming key mediators of the mandate of food corporations and official governing actors. Digital Food Activism thereby suggests that emerging forms of activism in the digital era hold the potential to reshape the ethics, aesthetics, and patterns of food consumption.


"Tanya Schneider and colleagues’ new edited volume on Digital Food Activism is a fascinating exploration of the ways in which new digital and technological formations are making possible new forms of food activism. Drawing on examples ranging from apps that help consumers to identify brands in conflict with their own values and ethics, to the possibilities and surprises that 3D food printing might afford, the volume extends existing scholarship on digital activism, food activism and their intersections. For those interested in media studies, food studies, science and technology studies, or those hacking at these disciplinary divisions, this volume will provide much food for thought, digital and otherwise." - Michelle Pentecost, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King's College London

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: digital food activism food transparency one byte/bite at a time? / Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan and Stanley Ulijaszek (University of St. Gallen, University of Oxford, SOAS University of London)
  2. Hacking the food system: re-making technologies of food and justice / Melissa L. Caldwell (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  3. Diabetes on Twitter: influence, activism and what we can learn from all the food jokes / Amy K. McLennan, Stanley Ulijaszek and Mariano Beguerisse-Díaz (University of Oxford)
  4. Digital connections: coffee, agency, and unequal platforms / Sarah Lyon (University of Kentucky)
  5. Political consumers as digital food activists? The role of food in the digitalization of political consumption / Katharina Witterhold (University of Siegen)
  6. Marketing critical consumption: cultivating conscious consumers or nurturing an alternative food network on Facebook? / Ryan Alison Foley (University of Oxford)
  7. Displacement, ‘failure’ and friction: tactical interventions in the communication ecologies of anti-capitalist food activism/ Eva Giraud (Keele University)
  8. ‘Both fascinating and disturbing’: consumer responses to 3D food printing and implications for food activism / Deborah Lupton and Bethaney Turner (University of Canberra)
  9. Hashtag activism and the right to food in Australia / Alana Mann (University of Sydney)
  10. Food politics in a digital era / Tania Lewis (RMIT University)
  11. Digital food activism: values, expertise and modes of action / Karin Eli, Tanja Schneider, Catherine Dolan and Stanley Ulijaszek (University of Oxford, University of St. Gallen, SOAS University of London)

Afterword: the public's two bodies food activism in digital media / Javier Lezaun

About the Editors

Tanja Schneider is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology (SfS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Research Associate, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK.

Karin Eli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK.

Catherine Dolan is a Reader in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London, UK.

Stanley Ulijaszek is Professor of Human Ecology and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, UK.

About the Series

Critical Food Studies

Critical Food Studies
The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography