Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food

Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food

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Edited by Peter Andrée, Jeffrey Ayres, Michael J. Bosia, and Marie-Josée Massicotte
Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2014
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In recent years, food sovereignty has emerged as a way of contesting corporate control of agricultural markets in pursuit of a more democratic, decentralized food system. The concept unites individuals, communities, civil society organizations, and even states in opposition to globalizing food regimes.

This collection examines expressions of food sovereignty ranging from the direct action tactics of La Vía Campesina in Brazil to the consumer activism of the Slow Food movement and the negotiating stances of states from the global South at WTO negotiations. With each case, the contributors explore how claiming food sovereignty allows individuals to challenge the power of global agribusiness and reject neoliberal market economics.

With perspectives drawn from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia, Globalization and Food Sovereignty is the first comparative collection to focus on food sovereignty activism worldwide.

Peter Andrée is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.

Jeffrey Ayres is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

Michael J. Bosia is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.

Marie-Josée Massicotte is an associate professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Introduction – Crisis and Contention in the New Politics of Food – Peter Andrée (Carleton University, Political Science), Jeffrey Ayres (Saint Michael’s College, Political Science), Michael J. Bosia (Saint Michael’s College, Political Science) and Marie-Josée Massicotte (University of Ottawa, Political Studies)


Part I – Food Sovereignty in Theory and Policy Debates

Chapter One – Food Sovereignty and Globalization: Lines of Inquiry - Peter Andrée, Jeffrey Ayres, Michael J. Bosia and Marie-Josée Massicotte

Chapter Two – The Territory of Self-Determination: Social Reproduction, Agro-Ecology and the Role of the State – Michael Menser (Brooklyn College, Philosophy)

Chapter Three – Exploring the Limits of Fair Trade: The Local Food Movement in the Context of Late Capitalism – Noah Zerbe (Humboldt State University, Politics)

Chapter Four – Local Food: Food Sovereignty or Myth of Alternative Consumer Sovereignty? – Martha McMahon (University of Victoria, Sociology)


Part II – Food Sovereignty in Comparative Perspective

Chapter Five – The New Citizen-Farmers: The Challenges and Possibilities of Australia’s Emerging Alternative Agri-Food Networks – Peter Andrée

Chapter Six – A Seat at the Neoliberal Table: From Food Security to Food Sovereignty in Canada – Sarah Martin (University of Waterloo, Global Governance) and Peter Andrée

Chapter Seven – Food Sovereignty in Practice: A Study of Farmer-Led Sustainable Agriculture in the Philippines – Sarah Wright (University of Newcastle, Geography)

Chapter Eight – Free Markets for All: Transition Economies and the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy – Irena Knezevic (York University, Communication and Culture)


Part III – Food Sovereignty in Contentious Politics

Chapter Nine – Feminist Political Ecology and La Via Campesina’s Struggle for Food Sovereignty Through the Experience of the Escola Latino-Americana de Agroecologia (ELAA) – Marie-Josée Massicotte

Chapter Ten – Food Sovereignty, Trade Rules and the Struggle to Know Origins of Food – Elizabeth Smythe (Concordia University College of Alberta, Canada, Faculty of Arts and Political Science)

Chapter Eleven – Food Sovereignty as Localized Resistance to Globalization in France and the United States – Jeffrey Ayres and Michael J. Bosia

Conclusion – The Food Sovereignty Lens – Philip McMichael (Cornell University, Sociology)

‘This book is evenly high in quality… A main contribution is the book’s effort to bring food to the fore in political science. Highly recommended.’

J.M. Deutsch, Choice Magazine vol52:01:2014

‘Andree’s Globalization and Food Sovereignty provides an insightful account of the tensions and complexities of the burgeoning concept of food sovereignty… Through a superb set of case studies, it shows how the two themes of food sovereignty and neoliberal globalization interact.’

Patrick Clark, Chantal Clement and Amanda DiVito Wilson, Canadian Food Studies vol 2:01:2015