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Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture

Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka

Publication Date - 29 August 2018

ISBN: 9780190662127

432 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Examines food and agriculture "from farm to fork" using a sociological lens


Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture examines food and agriculture from farm to fork using a sociological lens. Following the "Lessons" format, the book presents twenty sociological lessons on food and agriculture from both established and up-and-coming scholars. Each lesson is written in an accessible and engaging format, incorporates historical and contemporary topics and examples, and discusses hot button issues wherever relevant. The book draws primarily on cases and issues in the United States, but given the global character of food and agriculture, it also incorporates relevant examples from other countries.

About the Author(s)

Jason Konefal is Associate Professor of Sociology at Sam Houston State University.

Maki Hatanaka is Associate Professor of Sociology at Sam Houston State University.


"This book fills a major need. For professors interested in pulling back the veil of their students' foodways, this book engages them at each step in a food systems analysis, from the environment and food products, to the workers who handle our food and the corporations and governments that make key regulatory decisions. While other books focus on either food or agriculture--and typically minimize global issues and technology--this book brings all of it together."--Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Long Island University

"Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture is a compelling volume because it combines the scholarly and teaching talents of prominent scholars in the sociology of agri-food systems. The book is organized and written to be accessible to undergraduate students, but still presents material in a sophisticated and intellectually challenging manner. The breadth of the coverage is impressive, as is the treatment of each topic. The text is an excellent contribution to the emerging and fast-growing field of food studies."--Rick Welsh, Syracuse University

"As a long-time instructor of sociology courses on food and agriculture, this is the reader I have been waiting for. Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture exposes students to key discussions and debates that are at the forefront of food and agriculture. The lessons are written by leading scholars in the field--often based on their original research--and yet they are accessible, engaging, and filled with stimulating examples."--Carmen Bain, Iowa State University

Table of Contents

    Annotated Table of Contents
    About the Contributors

    Introduction, Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka

    Part 1: Consuming Food

    1. Consuming Food, Maki Hatanaka
    2. Food, Culture, and Identity, Janine Kay Gwen Chi
    3. Food, Diets, and Industrialization, Anthony Winson and Jin Young Choi
    4. Food and Nutrition, Aya H. Kimura

    Part 2: Producing Food

    5. The Industrialization of Agriculture, Douglas H. Constance
    6. Science, Technology, and Agriculture, Leland L. Glenna and Daniel Tobin
    7. Increasing Corporate Control: From Supermarkets to Seeds, Philip H. Howard
    8. Globalization of Food: The World as a Supermarket, J. Dara Bloom
    9. Governing Agriculture: Public Policy and Private Governance, Elizabeth Ransom
    10. From Ocean to Plate: Catching, Farming and Eating Seafood, Rebecca Clausen, Stefano B. Longo, and Brett Clark

    Part 3. Food, Equity, and Environment

    11. Food and Labor, Margaret Gray
    12. Food and the Environment, Sean Gillon
    13. Food and Hunger, Justin Sean Myers
    14. Food and Obesity, Melina Packer and Julie Guthman

    Part 3. Food, Justice, and Sustainability

    15. Organics, Brian K. Obach
    16. Fair Trade, Daniel Jaffee
    17. Food and Localism, Clare Hinrichs
    18. Getting to Food Sovereignty (Locally?) in a Globalized World, Hannah Wittman
    19. Urban Food Production, Joshua Sbicca
    20. Food and Justice, Alison Hope Alkon

    Conclusion: Toward More Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Maki Hatanaka and Jason Konefal