Agriculture and Human Values

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Discussion. Theorising food regimes: intervention as politics

  • Richard Le Heron
  • Nick Lewis

Introduction: Who are we and where does our understanding of the food regimes literature come from?

We approach our task of exploring the papers of this symposium as a strategic intervention in the production of knowledge about food futures at what is a difficult and crucial time. We use a series of questions to interrogate the political and intellectual project of the Food Regimes (FR) literature and its explicit and implicit potential. This framing springs from our engagement with Post Structural Political Economy (Le Heron 2007; Lewis et al. 2008). This has meant we have come to see the FR literature as a composite of political and intellectual projects and therefore not only inherently pedagogic but also likely to help perform or enact different futures. Recent engagement with the concept of biological economies with colleagues from multiple disciplines and research organisations in New Zealand (Campbell et al. 2009), together with our own ongoing work on globalising food chains,...


Food Regime Food Sovereignty Political Movement Capitalist Relation Slow Food 
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Our thanks to Erena Le Heron for her reading of the paper and valuable suggestions about phrasing arguments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography, Geology and Environmental ScienceUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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