What is the significance of food in our everyday lives? Food Geographies addresses this broad question by examining the social, political, and ecological connections that food weaves between people and places across the world and revealing the centrality of food in the human experience. This interdisciplinary and systemic perspective provides readers with key concepts, analytical tools, and critical skills to better understand and address the many issues facing the contemporary food system, including food insecurity, environmental degradation, climate change, labor exploitation, social inequality, power imbalance in decision making, and threats to health and well-being. It takes readers to places including modern plantations in Peru, collective farms in Tanzania, food halls in France, home kitchens in Japan, community gardens in Brazil, pubs in England, and animal feeding operations in America. By raising important questions about the current system, readers will explore ways to enact meaningful change to build better future food geographies by producing, consuming, and engaging with food differently.
Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is professor of geography and director of the Interdisciplinary Food Studies Program at San Diego State University. Her research focuses on the relationship between food, place, and ethnicity, including the role of food in creating just and sustainable cities. She has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the author of The $16 Taco: Contested Geographies of Food, Ethnicity, and Gentrification (2021) and the coeditor of Food and Place: A Critical Exploration (2018).
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Part 1: Political and Economic Geographies of Food
2Agriculture and Farming
3Global Food Regimes
4Labor Geographies of Food
5Food Connections and Commodity Chains
6Global Food Crises: Hunger and Malnutrition
Part 2: Environmental Geographies of Food
7Food’s Ecological Pillars: Land, Water, and Biodiversity
8Food and Climate Change
Part 3: Social and Cultural Geographies of Food
10Food, Identity, and Difference
11Food in the City
12Food, Kitchens, and Gender
13Food, Bodies, Health, and Nutrition
14New Food Geographies
Food Geographies is a comprehensive and insightful accounting of the interplay between space, place, and people in food systems. Joassart-Marcelli adeptly demonstrates not only the inherent geographical qualities of food systems but also how food can provide a lens for understanding many social science topics—including poverty, environmental justice, and identity. Especially valuable is the emphasis on critical perspectives and illustrative examples of human–environment relationships. Accessible, yet far-reaching, this textbook is the perfect resource for fostering student understanding of complex and dynamic food systems through a geographic lens.
Finally, a text that at once covers key developments and concepts in food and geography! This highly accessible introduction will please both students and instructors.
Highly accessible and wide-reaching, this textbook is essential for students learning about food and food systems in geography classrooms and beyond. Students will learn how to connect the political, economic, ecological, cultural, social, and lived aspects of food, while being empowered to envision better food-environment futures.
Contains text boxes of key concepts and specific examples/case studies
Offers lists of key terms and additional resources at the end of each chapter