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I-PEEL: The International Political Economy of Everyday Life

I-PEEL: The International Political Economy of Everyday Life (1st edn)

James Brassett, Juanita Elias, Lena Rethel, and Ben Richardson
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date: 13 July 2024

p. 573. Foodlocked

p. 573. Foodlocked

  • James Brassett,
  • Juanita Elias,
  • Lena Rethel
  •  and Ben Richardson


This chapter examines the topic of food in everyday international political economy (IPE). It primarily focuses on the international trade of agricultural commodities and its developmental implications within the Global South. It explains the concepts of governmentality and the global value chain. The chapter begins by looking at corporate brands behind the globalization of chocolate, the associated transformation of dietary patterns, and the attempts to manage the exploitation that persists in the cocoa industry. It shows how these trends can be drawn together conceptually with reference to neoliberalism, a key term in IPE and in food studies generally. The chapter then analyses the meaning of food security, looks at how diets are governed, and looks at where value is distributed in the agri-food sector. It also considers how autoethnography and foodscaping can be used to reflect theoretically on daily diet and the moral economy of veganism.

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