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3rd Edition

The Sociology of Food and Agriculture

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ISBN 9780367680015
September 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 focussing on foodscapes, the financialization of food and a new chapter dedicated to food and nutrition (in)security. In Part 2, the book addresses community and culture. While some books only look at the interrelationships between food and culture, this section problematises the food system from the standpoint of marginalised bodies. It contains chapters focussing on agricultural and food labor and the peasantries, topics which are often overlooked, and gender, ethnicity and poverty. Part 3 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 and food sovereignty, environmental sociology, agriculture and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to a Complex, Everchanging Field

Part 1: The Multi-Scalar Food Economy

2. Understanding Foodscapes: Past, Present and Future

3. Food and Nutrition (In)Security

4. Financialization of Food

Part 2: Community, Culture, and Knowledge

5. Community, Labor and Peasantries

6. Food and Culture

7. Gender, Ethnicity and Poverty

Part 3: 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 4: Agri-food Futures: Solutions, Trade-offs, and Opportunities

11. Sustainable Diets and Ethical Consumption

12. The "Traps" in Agri-food Studies… and Beyond

13. Reimagining Heathy Eating

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Michael Carolan is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research 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.