course

This course examines the social and political dimensions of food and agriculture. We consider the ways in which agriculture shapes and is shaped by households and communities, ecological and social environments, as well as state, corporate, and regulatory institutions. Beginning with some of the preeminent nodes of agrarian worlds—plantations, smallholder households, and factory farms—we then move to explore key contemporary debates that engage the complexities of practice, power, and place in food and agricutlural systems. These include sustainable certifications, land acquisition, biofuel and bioenergy development, and carbon sequestration. By the end of this course, it is expected that students will develop an historically informed, multifaceted understanding of the social, political and cultural dimensions of food and agriculture.