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Exemplary Agriculture

Independent Organic Farming in Contemporary China

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Sacha Cody
    Pages 1-24
  3. Class Relations and Exemplarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Sacha Cody
      Pages 27-45
    3. Sacha Cody
      Pages 47-64
    4. Sacha Cody
      Pages 101-121
  4. Exemplary Agriculture in the Countryside and the City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Sacha Cody
      Pages 125-150
    3. Sacha Cody
      Pages 151-179
    4. Sacha Cody
      Pages 181-205
    5. Sacha Cody
      Pages 207-235
  5. Sacha Cody
    Pages 237-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book

Introduction

“This book will be of great interest to everyone interested in China's recent agricultural history and the future of sustainable food production in the developing world.  The author has done first-hand ethnographic research on a wide variety of topics: labor relations, commodity production, pricing, consumption, organic movements, and the ever-changing nature of state regulation. Cody's book thus constitutes a foundation for all future work in this field.”   
James L. Watson, Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Harvard University

“This is a timely and brilliant ethnography for the studies of foodways, and the case in Shanghai sheds light on the emergence of independent organic farming worldwide and in relation to food movements in many Asian societies in particular.
Sidney C. H. Cheung, Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

This book is an important contribution to our understanding of food in China through an ethnographic case study of an alternative food movement in Shanghai and the surrounding countryside. Cody examines a group of middle-class urban residents who move to the countryside to establish small-scale and independent organic farms. The book explores the complex relationships movement protagonists have with customers in the city, rural neighbours in the countryside, volunteers on their farms, intellectuals involved in rural reconstruction initiatives as well as the organic items they produce. In doing so, Cody provides valuable insights into the urban/rural dichotomy and questions of morality in China today. This book speaks to several concerns associated with the accelerated modernization China and other Asian nations are experiencing, including food safety and class relations. It will appeal to scholars and practitioners across a range of fields including anthropology, food studies, rural development and China Studies.

Sacha Cody, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. An Australian, he has lived in China for 15 years. His research is published in Asian Anthropology,Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies and The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

Keywords

Chinese Agriculture Organic Agriculture Urban-Rural relations Green Revolution Sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongChina

About the authors

Sacha Cody, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. An Australian, he has lived in China for 15 years. His research is published in Asian Anthropology, Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies and The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This book will be of great interest to everyone interested in China's recent agricultural history and the future of sustainable food production in the developing world.  The author has done first-hand ethnographic research on a wide variety of topics: labor relations, commodity production, pricing, consumption, organic movements, and the ever-changing nature of state regulation. Cody's book thus constitutes a foundation for all future work in this field.” (James L. Watson, Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Harvard University, USA)

“This is a timely and brilliant ethnography for the studies of foodways, and the case in Shanghai sheds light on the emergence of independent organic farming worldwide and in relation to food movements in many Asian societies in particular. (Sidney C. H. Cheung, Professor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

“In this groundbreaking study of China's emerging organic movement, Cody paints vivid portraits of Shanghai's new organic farmers and their multi-facetted relationships to customers, volunteers, intellectual activists, rural and urban society, and the party-state. It is an exemplary ethnography of contemporary China and an important contribution to the Anthropology of Food and Food Studies.” (Jakob Klein, Chair of the SOAS Food Studies Centre and co-editor of The Handbook of Food and Anthropology, London)