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Discursively globalized: Singapore and food safety


Tarulevicz, N, Discursively globalized: Singapore and food safety, Food, Culture, and Society, 23, (2) pp. 193-208. ISSN 1751-7443 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Association for the Study of Food and Society

DOI: doi:10.1080/15528014.2019.1682890


Food safety knowledge is created, validated, disseminated, and acted upon. It is conflicted, contextual, and contingent. The technology has a history, the knowledge has a history, and how everyday people interact with food safety ideas has a history. Taking three historical examples from Singapore – pure food advertising; anxiety about botulism; and the prohibition of saccharin – this paper suggests that food safety helps us reposition food and globalization. Singapore was, and still is, a step in a long supply chain of comestibles that pass into and through the port, in which the identity and location of the producers is obscured by distance, value adding, and the complexities of global trade. With its early engagement with globalization, Singapore also provides a counter to the view that it is only the contemporary iteration of globalization, with its long supply chains, technologies and the media coverage of these, which makes food both unsafe and feared in the twenty-first century. Drawing on Frederick Cooper’s critique of globalization, this paper looks at the way that knowledge and anxieties about food safety in Singapore were informed by international media coverage to suggest that they were discursively globalized.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Singapore, food safety, globalization
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Asian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Tarulevicz, N (Associate Professor Nicki Tarulevicz)
ID Code:132554
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-05-13
Last Modified:2021-05-20

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