Moral economies of food and geographies of responsibility

Peter Jackson, Neil Ward, Polly Russell

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Abstract

This paper uses the concept of ‘moral economy’ to challenge the conventional view that defines morality and the market as oppositional terms. Drawing on evidence from life history interviews with key actors in the British food industry, the paper outlines how moral and ethical questions are articulated through notions of space and time. Using case study material from the chicken and sugar industries, the paper examines the way that ethical and moral issues are expressed through the dimensions of time (via notions of remembering and forgetting) and space (via notions of connecting and disconnecting) and via notions of visibility and invisibility. The paper concludes by examining how our understanding of the moral economies of food can be advanced through the adoption of a relational view of geographical scale and temporal connection, contrasting the attribution of individual blame with a politics of collective responsibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online date11 Dec 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • moral economy
  • food and farming
  • space and time
  • chicken
  • sugar
  • Britain

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