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Relationale Geographien der Ernährung

Funding: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Amount of Funding: € 111.100,00
Duration: 01/2016 - 09/2020
Contact: Dr. Steffen Hirth und Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anke Strüver


In the area tension between private and political issues: spatial and social localisation of responsibility in discourses and practices of "sustainable" nutrition.
The research project aims to deal with the constitution of responsible nutrition from the perspective of spatial theory and therefore investigates the (implicit) social and ecological values and norms of sustainability policy in discourses of companies in the food and agricultural sector. At the same time, it is concerned with the self-care practices of consumers' eating. An analysis of spatial and social localisations of responsibility for "good" or "sustainable" food is intended to show the reciprocal relationships between discursively constituted norms and individualised everyday practices and to reveal the (dis)connectivities behind them. With a "reading for difference rather than dominance" (Gibson-Graham 2006), both dominant attempts to close ethical food norms and marginalised/resistant discourses and practices are of interest, since the latter are at the same time approaches to re-subjectivation and to the transformation of food identities and practices.


RCE Graz-Styria – Centre for Sustainable Social Transformation
Heinrichstrasse 18, 3rd floor 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8895


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