PLEASE NOTE this is a 2013 reading list—the precise content may change in future years.
Term 1, Week 1
Introduction: what is the global food system?
Questions
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Does it make sense to speak of a single, unified global food system?
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Why are international food markets so volatile?
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Is national self-sufficiency in food a dangerous preoccupation?
Recommended reading
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McMichael, P. (2009) ‘A Food Regime Genealogy’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 36(1): 139-70
Supplementary reading
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Bello, W. (2009) The Food Wars (London: Verso).
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Bonnano, A., et al. (1994) From Columbus to Conagra: The Globalisation of Agriculture and
Food (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press)
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Busch, L. (2010) ‘Can Fairy Tales Come True? The Surprising Story of Neoliberalism and
World Agriculture’, Sociologia Ruralis, 50(4): 331-351
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Collier, P. (2008) ‘Politics of Hunger: How Illusion and Greed Fan the Food Crisis’, Foreign
Affairs, 87: 67-79
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Dixon, J. (2009) ‘From the Imperial to the Empty Calorie: How Nutrition Relations Underpin
Food Regime Transitions’, Agriculture and Human Values, 26(4)
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Fold, N. and Pritchard, B. (2005) Cross-Continental Food Chains (London: Routledge)
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Lang, T. (2010) ‘Crisis? What Crisis? The Normality of the Current Food Crisis’, Journal of
Agrarian Change, 10(1)
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Magdoff, F., and Tokar, B. eds. (2010) Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance, and
Renewal (New York: Monthly Review Press)
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McMichael, P. (2009) ‘The World Food Crisis in Historical Perspective’, Monthly Review,
61(3)
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Paarlberg, R (2000) ‘The Weak Link between World Food Markets and World Food Security’,
Food Policy, 25(3): 317-335
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Roberts, P. (2008) The End of Food: The Coming Crisis in the World Food Industry (London:
Bloomsbury)
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Vanhaute, E. (2011) ‘From Famine to Food Crisis: What History Can Teach Us about Local and
Global Subsistence Crises’, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 38(1): 47–65
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