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The financialization of agri-food systems, contested transformations, edited by Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan and Geoffrey Lawrence

The financialization of agri-food systems, contested transformations, edited by Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan and Geoffrey Lawrence
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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non fiction
Main title
The financialization of agri-food systems
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edited by Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan and Geoffrey Lawrence
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Earthscan food and agriculture
Sub title
contested transformations
Financialization is the increased influence of financial actors and logics on social and economic life, and is one of the key drivers transforming food systems and rural economies around the world. The premise of this book is that the actions of financial actors, and their financial logics, are transforming agri-food systems in profound ways. It is shown that although financialization is a powerful dynamic, some recent developments suggest that the rollout of financialization is contradictory and uneven in different spaces and markets. The book examines cases in which state regulation or re-regulation and social movement resistance are setting roadblocks or speed bumps in the path of financialization, resulting in a 'cooling off' of investment, as well as the other side of the argument where there is evidence of a 'heating up'. The authors address not only the limits to financialization, but also the mechanisms through which financial entities are able to penetrate and re-shape agri-food industries. This book provides both a comparative analysis of financialization blending, and empirical findings with conceptual insights. It explores the connection between financialization, food systems, and rural transformation by critically examining: the concept of financialization and how food and farming are being financialized; the impacts of financialization in the food industry; and financialization in farming and forestry - along with the impacts this has on rural people and communities. This is a timely book, bringing together concrete case studies, from around the globe, to reveal the operations and impacts of finance capital in the 'space' of agri-food
Table Of Contents
Introduction: the financialization of agri-food / Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan and Geoffrey Lawrence -- The concept of 'financialization': criticisms and insights / Geoffrey Lawrence and Kiah Smith -- Profit, aid and ethics in public financialization / Hilde Bjørkhaug and Jostein Brobakk -- Strategic financialization? The emergence of sovereign wealth funds in the global food system / Sarah Ruth Sippel, Michaela Bohme and Cynthia Gharios -- Opening the black boxes of finance-gone-farming: a global analysis of assetization / Stefan Ouma -- Farmland values: media and public discourses around farmland investment in Canada and Australia / André Magnan -- Riding on waves of crises: finance, food, and political tumult in Egypt / Marion W. Dixon -- Financialization in Japanese agri-food regimes: uncovering the role of sogo-shosha in global soy investment / Midori Hiraga -- Poultry grabs and agri-food financialization: the case of JBS of Brazil / Jonathan Almanza, Douglas H. Constance and Francisco Martinez -- Between cooperative and private equity capital in the Norwegian food sector: how do the corporate, cultural and political environments make a difference? / Reidar Almâs -- Old roots, new shoots: thickening the local histories of agri-food financialization / Melanie Sommerville -- Canadian supply management as a bulwark against financialization / Bruce Muirhead and Jodey Nurse-Gupta -- The local counterparts of financialization: organizational accomplishments of farm/land investments and sales / Jana Lindbloom -- Financialization and the Swedish Land Acquisition Act / Elin Slatmo -- Institutional investment in a multi-functional forested landscape: neoliberalism and pragmatism in contemporary land conservation / Steven Wolf
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