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Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food

ISBN 9781138125155
Published February 21, 2018 by Routledge
626 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the turn of the millennium, there has been a burgeoning interest in, and literature of, both landscape studies and food studies. Landscape describes places as relationships and processes. Landscapes create people’s identities and guide their actions and their preferences, while at the same time are shaped by the actions and forces of people. Food, as currency, medium, and sustenance, is a fundamental part of those landscape relationships.

This volume brings together over fifty contributors from around the world in forty profoundly interdisciplinary chapters. Chapter authors represent an astonishing range of disciplines, from agronomy, anthropology, archaeology, conservation, countryside management, cultural studies, ecology, ethics, geography, heritage studies, landscape architecture, landscape management and planning, literature, urban design and architecture. Both food studies and landscape studies defy comprehension from the perspective of a single discipline, and thus such a range is both necessary and enriching.

The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food is intended as a first port of call for scholars and researchers seeking to undertake new work at the many intersections of landscape and food. Each chapter provides an authoritative overview, a broad range of pertinent readings and references, and seeks to identify areas where new research is needed—though these may also be identified in the many fertile areas in which subjects and chapters overlap within the book.

Table of Contents


Tim Waterman and Joshua Zeunert

Part 1 From hunting and gathering to agriculture

1 Transformation of the landscape: the relationships between food and land use in prehistoric British and European societies

Saruhan Mosler and Peter Hobson

2 The shaping of food landscapes from the Neolithic to Industrial period: changing agro-ecosystems between three agrarian revolutions

Gunilla A. Olsson

3 Aboriginal Culture and Food-Landscape Relationships in Australia: Indigenous Knowledge for Country and Landscape

David S. Jones and Philip A. Clarke

4 Archaeology, history, and urban food security: integrating cross-cultural and long-term perspectives

Christian Isendahl and Stephan Barthel

5 Foraging

Jeremy Strong

6 Venison from the Bavarian forests: linking hunters, forest diversity and consumers through regional marketing

Gerd Lupp, Simon Tangerding and Valerie Kantelberg

7 Sustaining Russian Old Believers: landscapes of fish and onions in Estonia

Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Anu Printsmann and Hannes Palang

8 Food production and the village under state socialism: the Balkan case

Mirjana Lozanovska and Alexandra Florea

Part 2 Agricultures

9 Shifts in agricultural praxis: farm modernisation and global integration

Anders Wästfelt

10 Alternative agriculture: innovations for growing and cultivating diverse ways of knowing

Jonathan Code

11 Seascapes: food from the marine landscape

Maggie Roe

12 Dimensions of urban agriculture

Joshua Zeunert

13 Mediterranean urban agriculture

Tal Alon Mozes and Efrat Eizenberg

14 Peri-urban food production as means towards urban food security and increased urban resilience

Gunilla Almered Olsson

15 Peri-urban agriculture in Australia: pressure on the urban fringe

Rachel Carey and Sarah James

Part 3 Ecology, Resources, Sustainability and Climate Change

16 Challenges in agricultural sustainability and resilience: towards regenerative practice

Joshua Zeunert

17 Conservation and ecology

Gary Austin

18 Food systems and climate change: impact and adaptation in cropping and livestock

Afshin Ghahramani and Saman Seneweera

19 Investing in water management in rural and urban landscapes to achieve and sustain global food security

Munir A. Hanjra, Dennis Wichelns and Pay Drechsel

Part 4 Developing Worlds

20 Food security, landscape, urban change, and poverty in the developing world

Suzanne Speak

21 Connecting landscapes and food in Africa: case studies from Ethiopia and Uganda

Max Kelly and Ruth Jackson

22 Urban Agriculture in Bogotá´s informal settlements: open space transformation towards productive urban landscapes

Jaime Hernandez-Garcia and Sandra Caquimbo-Salazar

23 Rural-urban food and nutrient dynamics and nutrient recovery from waste in developing countries

Munir A. Hanjra, Mary Lydecker, Pay Drechsel and Johannes Paul

Part 5 Intellectual, Political and Economic Realms

24 Ethics of agricultural landscapes and food production

Isis Brook

25 The new food insecurity

Damian Maye

26 Food-sensitive urban planning: Australian perspectives

David S. Jones and Beau B. Beza

27 Food, landscape, and urban design

Susan Parham and Jacques Abelman

Part 6 Social Practices and Meanings

28 Eating the commons landscape: sacrificial food for thought concerning the meaning of landscape

Kenneth R. Olwig

29 From the agora to the modern marketplace: food markets as landscapes of business and pleasure

Susan Parham

30 Allotments and community gardens: history, culture, and landscape in Britain, North America, and Australia

Claire Nettle and David Crouch

31 Food sovereignty

Max Kelly

32 Landscape and the politics of food justice

Megan Blake

33 Grassroots activism, agroecology, and the food and farming movement: ten years in Bristol’s food story

Angela E. Raffle and Joy Carey

Part 7 Food Cultures and Foodways

34 Taste, foodways, and everyday life

Tim Waterman

35 Food and landscape tourism

Jo Russell-Clarke

36 Terroir: a socially constructed subterranean landscape gone global

Zachary Nowak

37 Using the senses to write food culture and landscape

Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

38 Queer space and productive landscapes

Andrea Bosio

39 The cultural and spiritual aspects of growing edible plants: testing for meaningfulness in Leeds, UK

Ann Light and Christina Welch

40 Utopia landscape food utopia

Jody Beck

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Joshua Zeunert is Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Waterman is Senior Lecturer and Landscape Architecture Theory Coordinator at the University of Greenwich in London.


"Waterman and Zeunert have edited an exemplary interdisciplinary volume of great topical scope and profound conceptual depth. From landscape to seascape, Neolithic and Aboriginal to modern and globalized, the ecological to the utopian, The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food offers culinary wisdom, sociological analysis and ethical guidance. It is an indispensable book which promises to inaugurate a new epoch of both culinary and landscape studies."

Allen S. Weiss, author of Zen Landscapes (Reaktion Books) and Feast and Folly (State University of New York Press)


"In The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food, Joshua Zeunert and Tim Waterman present core samples of the many scales and systems engaged by food, food production, and food distribution. Their collection of essays ranges from the broadest historical survey to the focused case study across geographies and cultures, methods, and fields of studies. With an eye to landscape ecology as well as space and urban form, they hopscotch across conservation, economics, geography, gender studies, forestry, and public health. Complementing a long list of literature on urban agriculture and ideals of cultivation, the book also realigns the gravitational pull of the Anglo-American debate to include numerous Australian perspectives. This kaleidoscopic volume will appeal to the curious amateur and offer a starting point for further research to those concerned with the productive landscape."

Dorothée Imbert, Professor, Hubert C. Schmidt '38 Chair in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture Section Head



"The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food is a timely answer to the growing interest in these subjects. It provides an authoritative and cross-disciplinary overview and stimulating discussions of a broad range of topics related to food and landscape studies and the diversity in concepts and approaches applied therein. The Handbook also discusses the various contexts in which cities, agriculture and landscape are developing and the related challenges. It outlines possible ways to remake foodways, landscapes, cities, and the values we bring to them."

Ir. Henk de Zeeuw, Founder and former director of the RUAF Foundation, a global partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems.