Postcolonialism, Indigeneity and Struggles for Food Sovereignty: Alternative food networks in subaltern spaces, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Postcolonialism, Indigeneity and Struggles for Food Sovereignty

Alternative food networks in subaltern spaces, 1st Edition

Edited by Marisa Wilson


188 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This book explores connections between activist debates about food sovereignty and academic debates about alternative food networks. The ethnographic case studies demonstrate how divergent histories and geographies of people-in-place open up or close off possibilities for alternative/sovereign food spaces, illustrating the globally uneven and varied development of industrial capitalist food networks and of everyday forms of subversion and accommodation. How, for example, do relations between alternative food networks and mainstream industrial capitalist food networks differ in places with contrasting histories of land appropriation, trade, governance and consumer identities to those in Europe and non-indigenous spaces of New Zealand or the United States? How do indigenous populations negotiate between maintaining a sense of moral connectedness to their agri- and acqua-cultural landscapes and subverting, or indeed appropriating, industrial capitalist approaches to food? By delving into the histories, geographies and everyday worlds of (post)colonial peoples, the book shows how colonial power relations of the past and present create more opportunities for some alternative producer–consumer and state–market–civil society relations than others.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Moving Beyond Alternatives to Recognizing Multiplicity and Complexity in Food Justice Movements

Melissa L. Caldwell

Introduction: Sovereign Food Spaces? Openings and Closures

Marisa Wilson

1. Rethinking ‘Alternative’: Māori and Food Sovereignty in Aotearoa New Zealand

Carolyn Morris and Stephen FitzHerbert

2. Indigenous Foodways in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh: An Alternative-Additional Food Network

H M Ashraf Ali and Helen Vallianatos

3. Justice for the salmon: indigenous ways of life as a critical resource in envisioning alternative futures

Sophia Woodman and Charles Menzies

4. Food sovereignty, permaculture and the post-colonial politics of knowledge in El Salvador

Naomi Millner

5. Possibilities for Alternative Peasant Trajectories through Gendered Food Practices in the Office du Niger

Nicolette Larder

6. Local food, imported food, and the failures of community gardening initiatives in Nauru

Amy K. McLennan

7. Cuban Exceptionalism? A Genealogy of Postcolonial Food Networks in the Caribbean

Marisa Wilson


About the Editor

Marisa Wilson is Chancellor’s Fellow in the Institute of Geography, School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms

The Routledge Research in New Postcolonialisms Series offers a forum for original and innovative research that explores the changing contexts, emerging potentials, and challenges to postcolonial studies. Postcolonial studies across the social sciences and humanities are in a period of transition and innovation. From the question of the environment and ecological politics, to the development of new theoretical frameworks, to attempts to innovate around the importance of political critique during expanding imperialisms, enclosures, and global violences against people and place, postcolonial studies are never more relevant and, at the same time, challenged. This series seeks to host and so draw into focus emerging inter- and transdisciplinary conversations about the changing contexts and demands of new postcolonial research. Titles within the series range from empirical investigations to theoretical engagements. Authors are scholars working in overlapping fields including human geography, politics, anthropology, literary studies, indigenous studies, development studies, sociology, political ecology, international relations, art and aesthetics, science, technology and media studies, and urban studies. The series seeks to engage with a series of key debates about how new postcolonial landscapes, and new empirical and conceptual terrains are changing the scope, remit, and responsibilities of postcolonial critique. Topics include: the Anthropocene; food studies; comparative urbanisms; mobilities; identity and new political processes; global justice and protest movements; experimental methodology; neo-liberalising governance and governmentality; the commons and new public spaces; violence and new sites of enclosure; the aesthetics, writing, and translation of alterity; territoriality, cosmopolitanism and comparative ontology; digital technologies and mediatised cultures of translation; material and scientific politics; and policy formations. This series provides, then, a forum for cutting edge research and new theoretical perspectives that reflect emerging currents being undertaken around new forms of postcolonial analysis.

This series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, research students and academics, appealing to scholars from a range of academic fields including human geography, sociology, politics and broader interdisciplinary fields of social sciences, arts and humanities.

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