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What Is Being Sustained? Sustainability and Food Exchange Sites in Istanbul

  • Candan Turkkan
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the sustainability of urban food exchange sites (supermarkets, bazaars, farmers’ markets, grocery stores and alternative food networks). Taking Istanbul’s large variety of food markets and stores as its case study, the paper, first, briefly describes how sustainability is conceptualized in each type of food exchange site. These conceptualizations are then analyzed to uncover what is imagined in each site as needing to be sustained: Is it ‘the food’ (if so, what kind of food?), ‘the population’ (if so, what kind of population?), or the profit motive of capitalism? Focusing on the gendered nature of these imaginations, the paper finally interrogates the ways in which reproductive and productive labor are discursively linked in the food supply chain of today’s (global) city.

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