Food Insecurity: A Matter of Justice, Sovereignty, and Survival, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Food Insecurity

A Matter of Justice, Sovereignty, and Survival, 1st Edition

Edited by Tamar Mayer, Molly D. Anderson


272 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138358850
pub: 2020-07-02
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This book explores the experiences, causes, and consequences of food insecurity in different geographical regions and historical eras. It highlights collective action and political action aimed at food sovereignty as solutions to mitigate suffering.

Despite global efforts to end hunger, it persists and has even increased in some regions. This book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the manifestations of food insecurity, with case studies illustrating how people coped with violations of their rights during the war-time deprivation in France; the neoliberal incursions on food supply in Turkey, Greece and Nicaragua; as well as consequences of radioactive contamination of farmland in Japan.  This edited collection adopts an analytical approach to understand food insecurity by examining how the historical and political situation in different countries has resulted in an unfolding dialectic of food insecurity and resistance, with the most marginalized people—immigrants, those in refugee camps, poor peasants, etc.—consistently suffering the worst effects yet still maintaining agency to fight back.  

The book tackles food insecurity on a local as well as a global scale and will thus be useful for a broad range of audiences including students, scholars and the general public interested in studying food crises, globalization and current global issues.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures

List of contributors



Chapter 1

Food Insecurity in Context

Molly D. Anderson and Tamar Mayer

Chapter 2

Causes and Consequences of Njaa (Hunger) in the Household:

Food Security and Intimate Partner Violence within an Informal Settlement in Mombasa, Kenya

Adam Gilbertson

Chapter 3

Food is aGift of The Earth: Food Sovereignty Among Migrant Farmworkers in Rural Vermont  

Jessie Mazar and Teresa Mares

Chapter 4

Food Insecurity and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Time of Structural Adjustment: The Case of Greece

Charalampos Konstantinidis

Chapter 5

Food Insecurity in the Age of Neoliberalism in Turkey and Its Neighbors

Murat Öztürk, Faik Gür, Joost Jongerden

Chapter 6

Links between Land Access, Land Use, and Hunger in Today’s Neoliberal Nicaragua

Birgit Schmook, Lindsey Carte, Claudia Radel, Santana Navarro Olmedo

Chapter 7

Global Water Grabbing and Food Insecurity

Jampel Dell’Angelo, Maria Cristina Rulli, and Paolo D’Odorico

Chapter 8

Food Security in a Premodern Agrarian Empire: The Case of Rome

Kyle Harper

Chapter 9

The Transformation of Famine Relief Regimes in Modern China

Pierre Fuller


Chapter 10

Bitter Greens and Sweet Potatoes: Food Practice and Memories of Hunger in Rural China

Ellen Oxfeld

Chapter 11

"Groveling for Lentils": The Culture and Memory of Food Scarcity in Occupied France

Paula Schwartz

Chapter 12

Coping with Food Safety Risk: Information Sources and Responses by Residents in Japan in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Tomiko Yamaguchi and Joo-Young Jung

Chapter 13

Framing Food Insecurity and the GMO "Problem" in Transatlantic Trade

Patricia Stapleton


About the Editors

Tamar Mayer is the Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences at Middlebury College where she is the director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. She is the editor or co-editor of five books that focus on different dimensions of international and global crises.

Molly D. Anderson is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies and Academic Director of Food Studies at Middlebury College. She works on food system transformations toward greater resilience and sustainability, the right to food, and the intersections of civil society and academic perspectives.

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