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(Bio)Politics of Existence and Social Change: Insights from the Good Food Movement

Zhang, Joy Yueyue (2021) (Bio)Politics of Existence and Social Change: Insights from the Good Food Movement. Sociological Review, 69 (3). pp. 647-663. ISSN 0038-0261. (doi:10.1177/00380261211009069) (KAR id:86963)

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Abstract

How can we break away from a fixation on top-down power dynamics and track the impact of social movement in societies that do not easily fit with Western neoliberal theorisations? Building on Foucault’s insights on governance, this paper proposes an analytical lens of the ‘biopolitics of existence’ to address this problem. The term existence refers not simply to the ‘corporeal’ needs of survival (be it of an individual or an organisation) but also to the freedom to (self-)develop and the ability to interact with others. By examining how the Good Food Movement has transformed the bios of ordinary people into agency and reshaped the governing ethos in China’s food system, this paper demonstrates that to assess the gravity of social change is to first comprehend how actors calculated their action in a particular socio-political ecology. To speak of the politics of existence is to recognise that existence is simultaneously something to be defended and to be established. A ‘biopolitics of existence’ lens is instrumental in making visible social actors’ logic in (re)forming socio-political norms while keeping in sight the entanglement of different stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00380261211009069
Uncontrolled keywords: Foucault, Biopolitics, existence, food movement, China, social change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Joy Y Zhang
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 13:46 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 13:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/86963 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Zhang, Joy Yueyue: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0384-8376
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