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Food Transgressions

Making Sense of Contemporary Food Politics

Edited by Michael K. Goodman, Colin Sage

© 2014 – Routledge

268 pages

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About the Book

Reconnecting so-called alternative food geographies back to the mainstream food system - especially in light of the discursive and material 'transgressions' currently happening between alternative and conventional food networks, this volume critically interrogates and evaluates what stands for 'food politics' in these spaces of transgression now and in the near future and addresses questions such as: What constitutes 'alternative' food politics specifically and food politics more generally when organic and other 'quality' foods have become mainstreamed? What has been the contribution so far of an 'alternative food movement' and its potential to leverage further progressive change and/or make further inroads into conventional systems? What are the empirical and theoretical bases for understanding the established and growing 'transgressions' between conventional and alternative food networks? Offering a better understanding of the evolving position of the corporate food system vis a vis alternative food networks, this book considers the prospects for economic, social, cultural and material transformations led by an increasingly powerful and legitimated alternative food network.


’Food Transgressions challenges us to rethink how we categorize, explain and evaluate food networks. It emphasizes the ways in which real world actors and networks routinely defy classification and embrace contradiction. By treating boundary-crossing as a norm, not an aberration, Food Transgressions offers a moment of genuine theoretical innovation in food studies.’ Stewart Lockie, The Australian National University, Australia ’Food Transgressions is a delightful collection of immensely thoughtful essays. Goodman and Sage, with the aid of a wise ensemble of contributing authors, highlight how food not only helps maintain modernity’s categorical edges but can also serve as a potential vehicle to recreate those boundaries anew.’ Michael S. Carolan, Colorado State University, USA ’Running through this book is the tantalising concept of transgression, a concept the authors employ to convey the multiple ways in which food is a quintessentially boundary-breaking phenomenon. Transgressive foods and food transgressions are prisms through which the book explores the ethics, governance and geographies of food. Written by leading authors in their fields, this book is a major contribution to the burgeoning field of food studies.’ Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, UK ’This collection offers fascinating insights into contemporary food practices such as fair-trade, community-supported agriculture, Slow Food, organic production, supermarket concentration, and meat-eating, by showing how they transgress dichotomies between conventional and alternative foodways and both uphold and challenge local power structures and global geopolitics.’ Carole Counihan, Professor Emerita, Millersville University, USA, and co-editor of Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World

About the Editors

Michael K. Goodman is Senior Lecturer at King's College London, UK; Colin Sage is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cork, Ireland.

About the Series

Critical Food Studies

Critical Food Studies
The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography