Edition: 2nd 2016 (Revised)
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As interest has increased in topics such as food security, global agrifood chains, food safety, and the ecological footprint of diets, the subjects of food and agriculture are making their way into a growing number of courses in disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities, such as sociology and food studies. In this second edition of The Sociology of Food and Agriculture, students are provided with a substantially revised and updated introductory text to this emergent field. The author starts by looking at the recent development of agriculture under capitalism and neo-liberal regimes and the transformation of farming and peasant agriculture from a small-scale, family-run way of life to a globalized system. The consequent changes in rural employment and role of multinationals in controlling markets are described, as are the impacts of financial capital into agrifood markets--a process known as the financialization of food. Topics such as the global hunger and obesity challenges, GM foods, and international trade and subsidies are assessed as part of the world food economy. This new edition of the book focuses on community impacts, food and culture, links between gender, ethnicity, and (in)justice, and knowledge. Section three concentrates on such topics as sustainability, food security, and food sovereignty. The book concludes on a positive note, with chapters examining alternative agrifood movements aimed at changing foodscapes at levels from the local to the global. With increased coverage of the financialization of food, food and culture, gender, ethnicity and justice, food security, and food sovereignty, the book is perfect for students with little or no background in sociology and is also suitable for more advanced courses as a comprehensive primer to the field. All chapters include learning objectives, suggested discussion questions, and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.