This book explores the role of digital media technologies in creating new forms of consumer activism and engagement with food, eating and food systems. Food is an increasingly prominent subject of engagement online, from the aesthetics of cooking to the ethics of shopping.
This book adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together food studies, and science and technology studies. The role of social media, apps, and other online technologies is considered in relation to activist and consumer issues in the UK, Australia, Europe and South America. Digital Food Activism explores a variety of contemporary topics, including Twitter and diabetes, hashtag activism and the prospect of 3D printed food.
Table of Contents
- 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)
- Hacking the food system: re-making technologies of food and justice / Melissa L. Caldwell (University of California, Santa Cruz)
- 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)
- Digital connections: coffee, agency, and unequal platforms / Sarah Lyon (University of Kentucky)
- Political consumers as digital food activists? The role of food in the digitalization of political consumption / Katharina Witterhold (University of Siegen)
- Marketing critical consumption: cultivating conscious consumers or nurturing an alternative food network on Facebook? / Ryan Alison Foley (University of Oxford)
- Displacement, ‘failure’ and friction: tactical interventions in the communication ecologies of anti-capitalist food activism/ Eva Giraud (Keele University)
- ‘Both fascinating and disturbing’: consumer responses to 3D food printing and implications for food activism / Deborah Lupton and Bethaney Turner (University of Canberra)
- Hashtag activism and the right to food in Australia / Alana Mann (University of Sydney)
- Food politics in a digital era / Tania Lewis (RMIT University)
- 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 Series
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.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography