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How to be modern? The social negotiation of ‘good food’ in contemporary China

Zhang, Joy Yueyue (2018) How to be modern? The social negotiation of ‘good food’ in contemporary China. Sociology, 52 (1). pp. 150-165. ISSN 0038-0385. E-ISSN 1469-8684. (doi:10.1177/0038038517737475)

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Abstract

Developing safe and sustainable food production for its population has been central to China’s ‘Modernisation Project’. Yet recent fieldwork in 3 Chinese cities suggests that there are two conflicting views on what a ‘modern’ agriculture should look like. For the government, modernisation implies a rational calculation of scale and a mirroring of global trends. But an alternative interpretation of modernity, promoted by civil society, has been gaining ground. For this camp, good food production is then established through a ‘rhizomic’ spread of new practices, which are inspired by world possibilities but are deeply rooted in the local context. Based on 14 interviews and 5 focus groups, this paper investigates the ongoing social negotiation of ‘good food’ in China. It demonstrates how a non-Western society responds to the twin processes of modernisation and globalisation and provides insights on the varieties of modernity in the making.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0038038517737475
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Governing accountability in China's life sciences
Uncontrolled keywords: China, food, globalisation, grobalisation, social movement, varieties of modernities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Joy Zhang
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 07:34 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63618 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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