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Beyond Global Food Supply Chains

Crisis, Disruption, Regeneration

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  • Offers a timely, critical interrogation of global food supply chains
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About this book

This open access book takes the upheaval of the global COVID-19 pandemic as a springboard from which to interrogate a larger set of structural, environmental and political fault lines running through the global food system. In a context in which disruptions to the production, distribution, and consumption of food are figured as exceptions to the smooth, just-in-time efficiencies of global supply chains, these essays reveal the global food system as one that is inherently disruptive of human lives and flourishing, and of relationships between people, places, and environments. The pandemic thus represents a particular, acute moment of disruption, offering a lens on a deeper, longer set of systemic processes, and shining new light on transformational possibilities.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Foundations

  2. Production

  3. Distribution

  4. Food Politics


“Through a set of incisive essays, this incredibly timely book shows how much the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed both vulnerabilities and opportunities - for (racial) capitalism and its discontents alike to intervene in food supply chains. A most welcome publication!” (Julie Guthman Professor of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Burwood, Australia

    Victoria Stead

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

    Melinda Hinkson

About the editors

Victoria Stead is an anthropologist and Australian Research Council DECRA Senior Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her research sits at the intersection of attention to race and labour relations, land and landscape, and the reverberations of (post)coloniality in Australia and across Australia-Pacific relations.

Melinda Hinkson is an associate professor of anthropology at Deakin University and director of the independent Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. Her latest research explores creative responses to disruption and visions of agricultural futures in regional Australia. Melinda has published widely on Aboriginal visual production, placemaking, the politics of representation, and the governance of Indigenous difference. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Beyond Global Food Supply Chains

  • Book Subtitle: Crisis, Disruption, Regeneration

  • Editors: Victoria Stead, Melinda Hinkson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3154-3Published: 22 July 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-3157-4Published: 22 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-3155-0Published: 20 July 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 179

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Geography, Anthropology, Social Sciences, general

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