Tag: 2008 Fall

Confronting the Sacred Cows of Food Politics

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program
Julie Guthman
"If They Only Knew: The Unbearable Whiteness of Alternative Food"
Tuesday, October 14, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Are We All Neo-Liberal Now? Contemporary Food Politics and the Making of Consumer Subjects"
Wednesday, October 15, 4 pm, 8417 Social Sciences Building
Public Seminar
Thursday, October 16, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences Building

The following readings have been suggested by Professor Guthman and are available upon request. Please send a note to kmccoy@ssc.wisc.edu and the readings will be sent to you electronically.

  • Guthman, J. 2008 Neoliberalism and the making of food politics in California. Geoforum. 39 (3)
  • Guthman, J. 2007 The Polanyian way? Voluntary food labels as neoliberal governance.  Antipode 39 (3)
  • Guthman, J. 2007 Can’t stomach it: How Michael Pollan et al. made me want to eat Cheetos.  Gastronomica 7(2)
  • Guthman, J. 2006 Embodying neoliberalism: economy, culture and the politics of fat, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24(3) (Melanie DuPuis, co-author)
  • Born, B. and Purcell, M. 2006  Avoiding the local trap: scale and food systems in planning research. Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 26, No. 2, 195-207.

JULIE GUTHMAN (Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written extensively on contemporary activist efforts to transform the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed. Her book, Agrarian Dreams: the Paradox of Organic Farming in California (University of California, 2004), won the 2007 Frederick H. Buttel Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement from the Rural Sociological Society.

The Transformation of the Kibbutzim: Lessons for the Sustainability of Utopian Communities

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program
Uriel Leviatan
"Socioeconomic Inequality, Social Capital, and Wellbeing in Kibbutz Communities"
Tuesday, October 28, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"The Transformation of Kibbutzim in Israel: Process, Causes, and Outcomes"
Wednesday, October 29, 4 pm, 8417 Social Sciences Building
Public Seminar
Thursday, October 30, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences Building

URIEL LEVIATAN (Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, University of Michigan) is a past director of the Institute for Social Research of the Kibbutz and Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Haifa, Israel. He has been a member of Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz for many years where he held various central leadership positions, including the offices of General Secretary and Finance Manager. His current research interests focus on organizational behavior and functioning, kibbutzim, and social gerontology.  He is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters, as well as three books, including Crisis in the Israeli Kibbutz: Meeting the Challenge of Changing Times (Praeger, 1998).

Overcoming Social Inequality

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program
Marta Soler
"Beyond Bourdieu: Literary Gatherings and Community Involvement for Social Change"
Tuesday, November 18, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Overcoming Social Exclusion: The Role of Critical Communicative Methodology"
Wednesday, November 19, 4 pm, 8417 Social Sciences Building
Public Seminar
Thursday, November 20, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences Building

MARTA SOLER (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Sociological Theory and Director of CREA, the Center for Research in Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities, at the University of Barcelona. CREA engages in research projects that contribute to theoretical and practical developments in the social sciences. It is chiefly concerned with the analysis of, and the development of measures aimed at overcoming, social inequalities in relation to gender relations, Roma people (also known as gypsies), migration, labor markets, and culture, among others. The author of Lenguage y Ciencias Sociales (2004), Professor Soler was a member of the research project “Workalo, which led to the European Parliament’s official recognition of the Romà in Europe.