1st Edition

Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime
A Critical Analysis

ISBN 9781138723375
Published October 19, 2017 by Routledge
248 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores the contents, forms, and actors that characterize current opposition to the corporate neoliberal agri-food regime. Designed to generate a coherent, informed and updated analysis of resistance in agri-food, empirical and theoretical contributions analyze the relationship between expressions of the neoliberal corporate system and various projects of opposition.

Contributions included in the volume probe established forms and rationales of resistance including civic agriculture, consumer- and community-based initiatives, labor, cooperative and gender-based protest, struggles in opposition to land grabbing and mobilization of environmental science and ecological resistance. The core contribution of the volume is to theorize and to empirically assess the limits and contradictions that characterize these forms of resistance. In particular, the hegemonic role of the neoliberal ideology and the ways in which it has ‘captured’ processes of resistance are illustrated. Through the exploration of the tension between legitimate calls for emancipation and the dominant power of Neoliberalism, the book contributes to the ongoing debate on the strengths and limits of Neoliberalism in agri-food. It also engages critically with the outputs and potential outcomes of established and emerging resistance movements, practices, and concepts.

Table of Contents


Alessandro Bonanno and Steven Wolf

Part I: The Corporate Domination of Agri-Food

  1. Is Resistance Futile? How Global Agri-Food Attempts to Co-opt the Alternatives
  2. Lawrence Busch

  3. Best Practices: The Artificial Negativity of Agri-Food
  4. Alessandro Bonanno

  5. Accountability, Rationality, and Politics: Critical Analysis of Agri-environmental Policy Reform in USA
  6. Steven Wolf

  7. Market Civilization’ and Global Agri-Food: Understanding their Dynamics and (In)Coherence through Multiple Resistances
  8. Mark Tilzey

  9. Resistance to the Neoliberal Food Regime in the Sphere of Consumption: Considering the Importance of Mental Labor in Food Provisioning    
  10. Rebecca Som-Castellano

    Part II: Resistance and/through the State

  11. Reflecting on Counter-Hegemonic Strategies of Food and Nutritional Security: Notes on the Brazilian Case
  12. Márcio Carneiro dos Reis

  13. Geographical Indication and Resistance in Global Agri-Food: The Case of Miso in Japan
  14. Kae Sekine and Alessandro Bonanno 

    Community Action, Government Support and Historical Distance: Enabling Transformation or Neoliberal Inclusions?

    Kristie O’Neil

    Part III: The diversity of Resistance

  15. Peasant Resistance to the Transnationalization of Agriculture in Mexico’s South Frontier
  16. Hector B. Fletes Ocón and Guadalupe Ocampo Guzmán

  17. Communities Against Capital? The Politics of Palm Oil Expansion in Colombia’s Middle Magdalena
  18. Kyla Sankey

  19. Resisting Monsanto: Monarch Butterflies and Cyber-Actors
  20. Columba Gonzalez-Duarte

  21. Haiti – Open for Business’: New Perspectives on Inclusive and Sustainable Development
  22. Jennifer Vansteenkiste

  23. Imperfect, Partial, and Interstitial: Gradations of Resistance in a Failed Food Hub

Lilian Brislen

Conclusions: The Contradictions of Resistance to Neoliberal Agri-Food

Alessandro Bonanno and Steven Wolf

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Alessandro Bonanno is Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA. 

Steven A. Wolf is Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, New York, USA.