ERIC Number: EJ723841
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Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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Should We Go ''Home'' to Eat?: Toward a Reflexive Politics of Localism
DuPuis, E. Melanie; Goodman, David
Journal of Rural Studies, v21 n3 p359-371 Jul 2005
''Coming home to eat'' [Nabhan, 2002. Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. Norton, New York] has become a clarion call among alternative food movement activists. Most food activist discourse makes a strong connection between the localization of food systems and the promotion of environmental sustainability and social justice. Much of the US academic literature on food systems echoes food activist rhetoric about alternative food systems as built on alternative social norms. New ways of thinking, the ethic of care, desire, realization, and vision become the explanatory factors in the creation of alternative food systems. In these norm-based explanations, the ''Local'' becomes the context in which this type of action works. In the European food system literature about local ''value chains'' and alternative food networks, localism becomes a way to maintain rural livelihoods. In both the US and European literatures on localism, the global becomes the universal logic of capitalism and the local the point of resistance to this global logic, a place where ''embeddedness'' can and does happen. Nevertheless, as other literatures outside of food studies show, the local is often a site of inequality and hegemonic domination. However, rather than declaim the ''radical particularism'' of localism, it is more productive to question an ''unreflexive localism'' and to forge localist alliances that pay attention to equality and social justice. The paper explores what that kind of localist politics might look like.
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Justice, Food, Activism, Local Norms, Books, Global Approach, Sustainable Development, Local Issues, Agribusiness, Agricultural Production
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Identifiers - Location: United States