This book explores the new applications of established theories or adapts theoretical approaches in order to illuminate behaviour in the field of food. It focuses on social processes at the downstream end of the food chain, processes of distribution and consumption. The book reviews the existing disciplinary approaches to understanding judgements about food taste. It suggests that the quality 'halal' is the result of a social and economic consensus between the different generations and cultures of migrant Muslims as distinct from the non-Muslim majority. Food quality is to be viewed in terms of emergent cognitive paradigms sustained within food product networks that encompass a wide range of social actors with a wide variety of intermediaries, professional and governmental. The creation of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) occurred at a juncture when perceptions of policy failure were acknowledged at United Kingdom and European Union governmental levels. The book presents a case study of retailer-led food governance in the UK to examine how different 'quality logics' actually collide in the competitive world of food consumption and production. It argues that concerns around food safety were provoked by the emergence of a new food aesthetic based on 'relationalism' and 'embeddedness'. The book also argues that the study of the arguments and discourses deployed to criticise or otherwise qualify consumption is important to the political morality of consumption.
Andreas Baur-Ahrens is research associate at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), University of Tuebingen, Germany. His research interests lie in the areas of critical security studies, cybersecurity, privacy, big data, and science and technology studies.
Marie Beauchamps is a guest researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, and a lecturer at the College of Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) and at the Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Her primary research interests lie in the performative power contained in the institutionary norm of national identity and citizenship, with a focus on denaturalisation law.
Giannis Gkolfinopoulos received his PhD in Sociology (2014) from Panteion University in Athens, Greece. His dissertation tracks the discursive production of migrant illegality in the case of Greece and the EU. He was awarded a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation for his doctoral research. His MA Sociology (2005) thesis on the social hierarchy between ‘Greeks’ and ‘foreigners,’ was revised and published as a book entitled ‘Never to be Greek …’: Albanians and the Greek press on the night of September 4th 2004 (Isnafi Press, 2007).
Erella Grassiani is an anthropologist who works as a postdoc researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies and as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, both at the University of Amsterdam. Her research is part of a wider project on privatisation and globalisation of security with a specific focus on Israel/Jerusalem and security mobilities (SECURCIT). Her research traces the flows of (Israeli) security worldwide and looks at the way cultural ideas, technologies and consultants move around globally.
Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet is currently lecturer in Political Violence, Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). He is associate researcher at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology and at the Canada Research Chair in Security, Identity and Technology (University of Montreal). He is also a member of the Centre d’Etudes sur les Conflits, Liberté et Sécurité (CCLS) and a member of the Critical Approach to Security in Europe network (c.a.s.e. collective). He has undertaken several policy briefs, consultancies and commissioned reports for the French Ministry of Defence (DAS, DGA), the French Military Academy (CREC), the European Parliament (LIBE committee), and the European Commission (DG RELEX and DG Research) on surveillance, terrorism, security and defence-related issues.
Marijn Hoijtink is guest researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. Her research critically analyses the convergence between security and commerce in spaces of everyday life, focusing on how industry involvement organises new security practices and structures of governance that go beyond the public–private divides.
Friederike Kuntz is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO) at the University of Groningen. Prior to this, she was researcher in the project ‘The Concept of Sovereignty in the Transnational Constellation’ at the University of Trier (2012–2015) and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) and the Cluster of Excellence at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (2010–2012). She has written her PhD dissertation on a history of international relations as practice at the University of Bielefeld. In her research Kuntz focuses on knowledge politics of human relations and the constitution of the human in global times.
Matthias Leese is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His primary research interests lie in the fields of critical security studies, surveillance studies and science and technology studies, more recently with a focus on crisis management, interoperability, and urban security.
Luis Lobo-Guerrero is Professor of History and Theory of International Relations at the University of Groningen. He has taught at Royal Holloway University of London as well as Keele and Lancaster universities in the United Kingdom. He has been visiting professor at the University of Hamburg and research fellow at King’s College London and the University of Liverpool. His current work focuses on exploring the meaning and role of connectivity in global politics. He focuses on sites such as maritime and inland ports in the European Union and their role in creating European governance, identity, and value. He is also working on ideas such as knots as a way to understand connectivity within contemporary geopolitics. Drawing on previous work, he continues to explore different (historical) modes of reasoning about order, power, and governance through continental philosophy.
Bruno Magalhães is postdoctoral fellow at the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI, PUC-Rio).
Nathaniel O’Grady is lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. His research interests centre on digital technologies, risk governance, and emergency response.
Christine Quinan teaches in the Gender Studies Programme at Utrecht University and works at the intersection of postcolonial studies and critical trans theory. Christine is currently at work on a project that investigates gender policing and surveillance in a post-9/11, postcolonial/neocolonial era and the effects this has on gender-nonconforming and transgender bodies and lives. Christine’s work has appeared in several journals, including Women: A Cultural Review, Romance Studies, and Women’s Studies.
Sharon Weinblum is National Fund for Scientific Research postdoctoral fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Her work is located at the intersection of critical security studies, migration and border studies. She recently published a book on the construction of the security–democracy nexus in the Israeli political discourse (Routledge, 2015).
Stef Wittendorp is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO), University of Groningen and researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University. His research draws on governmentality to understand the (continuous) formation of counter-terrorism as an area of policymaking to the European Community/European Union since the mid-1970s. He is further interested in critical security studies, governmentality, and discourse analytical approaches.