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Communication as resistance in food politics


Mann, A, Communication as resistance in food politics, Political Economy of Communication, 6, (1) pp. 36-58. ISSN 2357-1705 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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The global food system is a site of domination and resistance for those opposed to the conventional model of industrial agriculture. This article applies a political economy of communication lens to the relations of power that operate in the field of food politics where tensions involving food security, peak oil, and anthropogenic climate change present major challenges. At the heart of this trilemma social movements of small-scale farmers contest the dominant narratives that biotechnology, development, and free trade will feed the world. This article describes how farmersí movements in Brazil, Chile, and Cuba apply resistive epistemologies in to complement for agroecological production methods. The purpose is to develop political consciousness among rural food producers and workers who are subjugated under neo-liberalism. The article also presents the challenges that members of the international farmersí movement, La Vža Campesina, face in advancing their political influence through participation in invited spaces such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisationís World Committee for Food Security.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agroecology, activism, corporate food regime food politics, social movements, communication, food systems
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Environmental communication
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mann, A (Professor Alana Mann)
ID Code:150670
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2022-06-24
Last Modified:2022-06-24

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