In the past few decades, the global organization of food production has changed dramatically. However, such change is ongoing and not necessarily unidirectional, particularly as social and political actors engage in activities that are influential in shaping what people eat. The traditional national boundaries of food production are dissolving, as globalization leads to the international harmonization of food policies, while spurring grassroots activism. Given that food production connects diverse people in competing and complementary ways, this session will consider proposals that sociologically examine food production and contribute insight in terms of (but not limited to): globalization, agri-food restructuring, geographical space and place, labour, social movements, conflict, state action, food sovereignty, gendered, racialized, and/or ethnicized processes of production, and theoretical tools for examining food production. The goal of this session is to examine some of the practices and perspectives relevant to developing new and enriched sociological understandings of how food production informs social relations.
Session Code: PJM3