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Routledge Handbook Of Food As A Commons

Expanding Approaches

Edited by: Vivero-Pol Jose Luis , Ferrando Tomaso , De Schutter Olivier , Mattei Ugo

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138062627
eBook ISBN: 9781315161495
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<P>From the scientific and industrial revolution to the present day, food ? an essential element of life ?&nbsp;has been progressively transformed into a private, transnational, mono-dimensional commodity of mass consumption for a global market. But over the last decade there has been an increased recognition that this can be challenged and reconceptualized if food is regarded and enacted as a commons. </P> <P>This Handbook provides the first comprehensive review and synthesis of knowledge and new thinking on how food and food systems can be thought, interpreted and practiced around the old/new paradigms of commons and commoning. The overall aim is to investigate the multiple constraints that occur within and sustain the dominant food and nutrition regime and to explore how it can change when different elements of the current food systems are explored and re-imagined from a commons perspective. Chapters do not define the notion of commons but engage with different schools of thought: </P> <UL> <P> <LI>the economic approach, based on rivalry and excludability; </LI> <P></P> <P> <LI>the political approach, recognizing the plurality of social constructions and incorporating epistemologies from the South; </LI> <P></P> <P> <LI>the legal approach that describes three types of proprietary regimes (private, public and collective) and different layers of entitlement (bundles of rights); and</LI> <P></P> <P> <LI>the radical-activist approach that considers the commons as the most subversive, coherent and history-rooted alternative to the dominant neoliberal narrative. </LI> <P></P></UL> <P>These schools have different and rather diverging epistemologies, vocabularies, ideological stances and policy proposals to deal with the construction of food systems, their governance, the distributive implications and the socio-ecological impact on Nature and Society. </P> <P>The book sparks the debate on food as a commons between and within disciplines, with particular attention to spaces of resistance (food sovereignty, de-growth, open knowledge, transition town, occupations, bottom-up social innovations) and organizational scales (local food, national policies, South?South collaborations, international governance and multi-national agreements). Overall, it shows the consequences of a shift to the alternative paradigm of food as a commons in terms of food,&nbsp;the planet and living beings.&nbsp;</P>

Chapters 1 and 24 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The idea of food as a commons Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The food system as a commons Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Growing a care-based commons food regime Download PDF
Chapter  5:  New roles for citizens, markets and the state towards an open-source agricultural revolution Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Food security as a global public good Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Food, needs and commons Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Community-based commons and rights systems Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Food as cultural core Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Food as a commodity Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Traditional agricultural knowledge as a commons Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Scientific knowledge of food and agriculture in public institutions Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Western Gastronomy, inherited commons and market logic Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Genetic resources for food and agriculture as commons  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Water, food and climate commoning in South African cities Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The ‘Campesino a Campesino’ Agroecology Movement in Cuba Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The commoning of food governance in Canada Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Food surplus as charitable provision Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Community-building through food self-provisioning in central and eastern Europe Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Can food as a commons advance food sovereignty? Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Land as a Commons Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The centrality of food for social emancipation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Climate change, the food commons and human health Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Food as commons Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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