Tag Archives: Geographies of Food

Review of Michael Carolan’s ‘Embodied Food Politics’

24 Jan

Happy 2013 folks.  May the year bring lots of warmth and happiness to you all.

Apologies for my recent inactivity on this site. This PhD thing has been calling out for maximum attention. But to tie things over until I can get out of my slippers and dressing gown, here are some extracts from a book review that I’ve recently published in Social & Cultural Geography. The subject is embodied food politics and the author is Michael Carolan, an environmental sociologist – currently Professor at Colorado State University.

Carolan Image

Continue reading

Advertisements

Anti-Saccharite Cultures ii) Moral Capital

27 Sep

In this second post on anti-saccharite cultures I situate the sugar boycott at the juncture between economic necessity and individual and collective forms of religious sacrifice and purging.

Moral capital and hegemonic cycles of capital

Questions surrounding the sense of personal responsibility and morality felt by the anti-saccharites have been raised by several historians. Christopher Brown argues that a variety of political actors felt that they could accrue moral capital from framing “anti-slavery initiatives as an emblem of national character” (2006:27), as a way of sustaining the reputation of an empire perceived to be declining. Drawing from Arrighi and Braudel’s work on the longue durée and hegemonic cycles of capital accumulation, and with a historian’s keen eye for hindsight, Brown suggests that creating moral capital by vindicating British liberty was a seductive way of extending the British hegemony of capitalist relations before the transition to the American cycle of dominance.

Arrighi’s cycles of capitalist accumulation based on the temporal development of Money-Capital-Money phases (1994). Diagram B  outlines M-M phases that mark the transition from one  global hegemon to another. Brown argues that the abolition of the slave trade was one of the means to ‘civilize’ power and lengthen the British dominated long nineteenth century.

Continue reading

Anti-Saccharite Cultures i) Moralising Consumption and Enlarging the Political Sphere

26 Sep

Mary Birkett Card (1774-1817). No likeness survives. This is the title page of the second edition of her Poem on the African Slave Trade

OPPRESSION! thou, whose hard and cruel chain,
Entails on all thy victims woe and pain;
Who gives with tyrant force and scorpion whip,
The cup of mis’ry to a Negro’s lip;
Marks with stern frown thy wide, unhallow’d reign,
And broods with gloomy wing o’er Afric’s injur’d plain!

First stanza of A Poem On The African Slave Trade, 1791, by Dublin based Quaker, Mary Birkett. The poem is addressed specifically to female consumers of sugar.

In this first post on anti-saccharite cultures I want to briefly point toward some of the wider political issues at stake during the time of the sugar boycott.

Continue reading

Jennifer McLaren

Exploring the past — stories and lives

object archives

reading and writing eccentric histories

Turbulent London

The historical geography of protests, riots and general mischief in London.

thetraffickingresearchproject.wordpress.com/

A contribution to the global dialogue on human trafficking

reps

'Race', Ethnicity & Post-Colonial Studies: an interdisciplinary network

Conflict & Security

Our thoughts on Conflict & Security and anything else of interest in the field of International Relations.

Race. Migration. Citizenship.

Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives

cultivating alternatives

Research and writing on alternatives to the dominant order.

Dr Red Chidgey

Feminist Media, Memory, Activism

Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" - Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

Le Clic

Un blog dédié aux blogs et autres médias sociaux.

New Seeds

a reading notes blog in rhetoric/composition and postcolonial feminist/antiracist theory

Andy Davies's Blog

A WordPress.com site

The Orient Views

The Indigenous views of the eastern world

Dr Alun Withey

Welcome to my blog! I am an academic historian of medicine and the body, and 2014 AHRC/BBC 'New Generation Thinker'. Please enjoy and let me know what you think.

technophilia

researching philosophy and technology at the University of the West of England

This Sociological Life

A blog by sociologist Deborah Lupton