As interest has increased in topics such as the globalization of the agrifood system, food security, and food safety, the subjects of food and agriculture are making their way into a growing number of courses in disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities, like sociology and food studies. This book is an introductory textbook aimed at undergraduate students, and is suitable for those with little or no background in sociology. 

The author starts by looking at the recent development of agriculture under capitalism and neo-liberal regimes and the transformation of farming from a small-scale, family-run business to a globalized system. The consequent changes in rural employment and role of multinationals in controlling markets are described. Topics such as the global hunger and obesity challenges, GM foods, and international trade and subsidies are assessed as part of the world food economy. The second section of the book focuses on community impacts, food and culture, and diversity. Later chapters examine topics such as food security, alternative and social movements, food sovereignty, local versus global, and fair trade. All chapters include learning objectives and recommendations for further reading to aid student learning.

chapter 1|12 pages


part |1 pages

PART I Global food economy

part |1 pages

PART II Community, culture, and knowledge

chapter 5|36 pages

Community, labor, and peasantries

chapter 6|27 pages

Food and culture

part |1 pages

PART III Food security and the environment

chapter 8|25 pages

How much is enough?

chapter 10|23 pages

Food, agriculture, and the environment

part |1 pages

PART IV Alternatives

chapter 11|22 pages

Alternative agrofood networks

chapter 12|21 pages

Avoiding the “traps” in agrifood studies

chapter 13|18 pages

Looking back . . . and forward