- Ms Celia Plender
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- ‘Self-help by the people!’: Politics, morality and change in British food co-ops (working title)
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My project is concerned with the transformative potential of British food co-ops in relation to their members and networks, the food system, and wider society. Building on interdisciplinary literature on alternative/civic food networks, food poverty, consumption and governmentality, it will use comparative and ethnographic study of the grassroots provisioning methods employed by food co-ops to analyse their internal structures, interactions with external bodies, and the ethics of their supply chains.
Food is a productive lens through which to view the political and economic processes which have formed the contemporary food system, informed common-sense thinking about them, and impacted the lives and social worlds of the inhabitants of contemporary Britain. It can be used to enact visions of a more caring/moral political and economic system through the practices and structures of alternative initiatives such as co-ops – a particularly pertinent issue in the current era of ‘austerity’ policies. By analysing these visions my research will explore contemporary British perceptions of concepts such as morality, citizenship and welfare.
West, H. G. & Plender, C., 2015. 'An Interview with James C. Scott.' Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food Studies, 15(3), pp. 1-8.
- SOAS Food Studies Centre