3rd Edition

The Sociology of Food and Agriculture

By Michael Carolan Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of The Sociology of Food and Agriculture provides a cutting-edge, comprehensive introduction to the study of food and society.

    The book begins by examining the food economy, with chapters focusing on foodscapes, the financialization of food, and a new chapter dedicated to food and nutrition (in)security. In Part II, the book addresses community and culture. While some books only look at the interrelationships between food and culture, this section problematizes the food system from the standpoint of marginalized bodies. It contains chapters focusing on agricultural and food labor and the peasantries, topics which are often overlooked, and gender, ethnicity, and poverty. Part III examines food and the environment, with chapters addressing important topics such as agro-ecosystems, food justice, sustainable food, and agriculture and food sovereignty. The final part focuses on food futures and includes a brand-new chapter on sustainable diets and ethical consumption. The book concludes by showcasing how we can rethink food production and consumption in a way that can help heal social, political, and cultural divisions. All chapters draw on international case studies and include learning objectives, suggested discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.

    The Sociology of Food and Agriculture is perfect for students of food studies, including food justice, food and nutrition security, sustainable diets, food sovereignty, environmental sociology, agriculture, and cultural studies.

    1 Introduction to a complex and ever-changing field

    PART I The multi-scalar food economy

    2 Understanding foodscapes: past, present, and future

    3 Food and nutrition (in)security

    4 Financialization of food

    PART II Community, culture, and knowledge

    5 Community, labor, and peasantries

    6 Food and culture

    7 Gender, ethnicity, and poverty

    PART III Food justice and the environment

    8 Agro-ecosystems and the nature of “natures”

    9 Food, agriculture, and the environment

    10 Food sovereignty – beyond food security

    PART IV Agrifood futures: solutions, trade-offs, and opportunities

    11 Sustainable diets and ethical consumption

    12 The “traps” in agrifood studies ... and beyond

    13 Reimagining healthy eating


    Michael Carolan is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, USA. He is the author or co-editor of numerous books, including the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems (2020), The Real Cost of Cheap Food (2018), Society and the Environment (2017), and Cheaponomics (2014), all published by Routledge.