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"Rich, both theoretically and empirically ... It is, in short, a text bound to the complex pursuit of the ethical in a world where such an endeavour is becoming all the more urgent." -- Fiona Murphy The Allegra Laboratory "A unique and important contribution to the scholarships of ethical consumption and alternative food movements." -- Loretta Iegtak Lou The Allegra Laboratory "This book is a valuable source of insight both for scholars and activists looking for more nuanced and "culturally sensitive" approaches to food and its social, political, symbolical, and practical meanings." -- Costanza Curro The Allegra Laboratory "This volume signifi cantly contributes to understanding what it means to practice ethical eating and points to the various dilemmas in paving the way toward more sustainable food systems." -- Tanja Kamin Slavic Review
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Yuson Jung is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Wayne State University. Jakob A. Klein is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Melissa L. Caldwell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the author of Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside and Not by Bread Alone: Social Support in the New Russia.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Ethical Eating and (Post)socialist Alternatives Jakob A. Klein, Yuson Jung, and Melissa L. Caldwell 1. Homogenizing Europe: Raw Milk, Risk Politics, and Moral Economies in Post-Socialist Lithuania Diana Mincyte 2. The Moral Significance of Food in Reform-Era Rural China Ellen Oxfeld 3. Placing Alternative Food Networks: Farmers' Markets in Post-Soviet Vilnius, Lithuania Renata Blumberg 4. Ambivalent Consumers and the Limits of Certification: Organic Foods in Postsocialist Bulgaria Yuson Jung 5. Connecting with the Countryside? "Alternative" Food Movements with Chinese Characteristics Jakob A. Klein 6. Vegetarian Ethics and Politics in Late-Socialist Vietnam Nir Avieli 7. Agroecology and the Cuban Nation Marisa Wilson 8. Gardening for the State: Cultivating Bionational Citizens in Postsocialist Russia Melissa L. Caldwell Afterword: Ethical Food Systems, Between Suspicion and Hope Harry G. West Contributors Index