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On the politics and possibilities of locavores: situating food sovereignty in the turn from government to governance

This paper situates discourses of local food activism, specifically, and food sovereignty, generally, in conversation with the themes of governance, governmentality and biopolitics. Governance, in this sense, points to the movement of politics in line with neoliberal globalization which places emphasis on the individual and its self-governing capacities, on one hand, as well as new loci of power in local networks and communities, on the other. The turn towards local eating is embedded in and reinforcing of neoliberal forms of governance. How we make sense of these political transformations and contexts is a matter of debate. To conclude, I discuss the possibilities of the locavore movement as a form of popular political engagement.

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