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Edible entanglements : on a political theology of food

Author: S Yael Dennis
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Cascade Books, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Obesity in the Global North and starvation in the Global South can be attributed to the same cause: the concentration of enormous power in the hands of transnational agricultural corporations. The food sovereignty movement has arisen as the major challenger to the corporate food regime. The concept of sovereignty is central to the discursive field of political theology, yet seldom if ever have its theoretical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Yael Dennis
ISBN: 9781532643644 1532643640 9781532643637 1532643632
OCLC Number: 1096331879
Notes: Revision of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Drew University, 2017.
Description: x, 257 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Sovereignty in theory and action. Fertilizing the garden: Carl Schmitt's sovereign in interwar Germany --
Full bloom: the postsecular, postsovereign, post-9/11 resurgence of political theology --
Food drives: global food trade and the sovereign state --
Part II. Sovereinty undone. Banished from the sovereign's table: precarity in the global food system --
Deciding what to eat: producing the bodies of the body politic --
Deciding upon the exception in an exceptional climate: political ecology and the "metaphysical image of [our] epoch" --
Part III. A tehomic political theology of food. Reimagining the sovereignty God --
A timely popular sovereignty.
Responsibility: S. Yael Dennis.

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Obesity in the Global North and starvation in the Global South can be attributed to the same cause: the concentration of enormous power in the hands of transnational agricultural corporations. The food sovereignty movement has arisen as the major challenger to the corporate food regime. The concept of sovereignty is central to the discursive field of political theology, yet seldom if ever have its theoretical insights been applied to the concept of sovereignty as it appears in global food politics. Food politics operates simultaneously in several registers: individual, national, transnational, and ecological. A politics of food takes a transdisciplinary approach to analyzing Schmitt’s concept of sovereignty in each of these registers, employing Giorgio Agamben’s political philosophy to elucidate vulnerability in the national and transnational registers; Jane Bennett’s vibrant materiality, Karen Barad’s agential realism, and nutritional science to describe the social production of classed bodies in the individual and national registers; data from climate science and the political ecology of Bruno Latour to examine the impact of sovereignty in the ecological register. Catherine Keller’s theology of becoming and Paulina Ochoa Espejo’s people as process will be explored for their capacity to enliven a democratic political theology of food. -- Provided by publisher.

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