Analysing the linkages and exploring possibilities for improving health and wellbeing
‘the collective physical, economic, policy and sociocultural surroundings, opportunities and conditions that influence people’s food and beverage choices and nutritional status’ (Swinburn et al., 2013 : 25). Food environments are essentially the context in which the acquisition and consumption of food occurs, providing a series of opportunities and constraints that influence decisions about what to eat (FAO, 2016 ).
Most studies of urban food environments have focused on the categorisation, measurement and geographic analysis of different types of food outlet
(Coates and Hay, 2000: 2), delineating ‘foreign’ from ‘domestic’, and ‘politics’
from ‘economics’ in a fashion not dissimilar from orthodox approaches to
IPE. As a result, they do not probe the webs of power that make, enable and
contest globalisation in particular ways, and surround and suffuse the restructuring agenda.
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Following the ‘IPE of social practice’, with its emphasis on historicity,
contingency, shifting webs of power and everyday life, I suggest that the