This book addresses the relevance of geographical indication (GI) as a tool for local and socio-economic development and democratization of agri-food, with case studies from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

A geographical indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. It provides not only a way for businesses to leverage the value of their geographically unique products, but also to inform and attract consumers. A highly contested topic, GI is praised as a tool for the revitalization of agricultural communities, while also criticized for being an instrument exploited by global corporate forces to promote their interests. There are concerns that the promotion of GI may hamper the establishment of democratic forms of development. The contributing authors address this topic by offering theoretically informed investigations of GI from around the world. The book includes case studies ranging from green tea in Japan, olive oil in Turkey and dried fish in Norway, to French wine and Mexican Mezcal. It also places GI in the broader context of the evolution and trends of agri-food under neoliberal globalization.

The book will be of interest to researchers, policy makers and students in agri-food studies, sociology of food and agriculture, geography, agricultural and rural economics, environmental and intellectual property law, and social development.

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part I|15 pages

Theoretical assumptions

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part II|48 pages

The Asian context

chapter 2|15 pages

Geographical indications out of context and in vogue

The awkward embrace of European heritage agricultural protections in Asia
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part III|69 pages

Cases from Europe

chapter 5|13 pages

How to use geographical indication for the democratization of agricultural production

A comparative analysis of geographical indication rent-seeking strategies in Turkey
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chapter 6|18 pages

Geographical indications – a double-edged tool for food democracy

The cases of the Norwegian geographical indication evolution and the protection of stockfish from Lofoten as cultural adaptation work
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chapter 8|20 pages

Modern resilience of Georgian wine

Geographical indications and international exposure
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part IV|78 pages

Cases from the Americas

chapter 10|13 pages

The geographical indication of mezcal in Mexico

A tool of exclusion for small producers
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chapter 13|17 pages


Comprehensive change and the limits and power of sectorial measures
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