Stories around food, politics and change in Poland and the Czech Republic

Smith, Jonathan and Jehlicka, Petr (2007). Stories around food, politics and change in Poland and the Czech Republic. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32(3) pp. 395–410.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2007.00258.x

Abstract

This study of the politics of food production/consumption in Poland and the Czech Republic brings together food and post-socialist studies. The food stories explored in the paper, relating to packaging, restaurant dining, self-provisioning and the emergence of an organic food sector, open up the politics of everyday life in these significant cases. We show that there are diverse responses to 'transition' that are resistant or alternative to dominant narratives of linear progression towards Western 'normality'. This finding is of wider significance at a time when debates about globalization and sustainability are promoting searches for alternative economic forms and practices.

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