Annotated bibliography for The Political Economy of Food course at World Food Systems Summer School, 2014

Bibliography and a few notes from Amory Starr’s lecture on the Political Economy of Food


Part 1: Toolbox of economic concepts

  • commodification
  • privatization (enclosures movement)
  • growth
  • alternative ways to measure an economy (math)
  • Richard Douthwaite, the Growth Illusion&Short Circuit
  • Herman Daly, Beyond Growth &Steady-state economics
  • David Harvey, Seventeen Contradictions
  • Edward Goldsmith, The Great Uturn&7 Paths of ecology
  • Enoughness

  • classic text: Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity

    • about indigenous people: Pierre Clastres, Society against the State

    • reconsidering subsistence as wealth: Maria Mies & V. Bennholdt-Thomsen, The Subsistence Perspective

    • categories of less-commodified contemporary activity: J.K. Gibson-Graham, A Post-Capitalist Politics

Part 2: Global Economics

  • colonialism

  • development”… structural adjustment/austerity

  • Catherine Caufield, Masters of Illustion: the World Bank and Poverty

  • Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its discontents andThe price of inequality

  • the result of 12% growth in Baltics: Charles Woolfsen, The Contradictions of Austerity , about agriculture in Baltics: Dorothee Bohle &  Béla Greskovits, Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery

  • development is about people” Julius Nyerere (Tanzania), Freedom and Development.

  • free trade agreements

  • (newsbits, international)

  • (US)

  • (Europe)

The process of elite design of global economy: Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine

Part 3: Artisan Economics

It’s about the story, meaningfulness, directness, decommodification, healing the land, food as community not as commodity, relationships, trust, commitment, regional culture, transparency, principled middlemen, building diversity for a better market rather than competing, defending the right to pleasure, and food sovereignty…

{Part 4: Social Movements}

  • how to reform something: Piven & Cloward, Poor Peoples Movements

  • factors in successful revolutions: John Foran, Taking Power

  • change the world

  • create an idea: Eyerman & Jamison: Social Movemetns: A cognitive approach

  • and turn it into culture: Alberto Melucci, Nomads of the Present