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The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food

The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food

Waterman, Tim and Zeunert, Joshua (eds.) (2017) The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food. Routledge, Abingdon and New York. (In Press)

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This volume is edited by Tim Waterman and Joshua Zeunert, who will contribute an introduction and section introductions, and each will also contribute a chapter. Joshua Zeunert teaches at Deakin University in Australia. The book will comprise approximately 35 chapters.

The landscape architect Matthew Potteiger has observed that “food and landscape are mutually constituted.” From the growing and gathering of food to its distribution, procurement, cooking, sharing, consumption, and managing waste, food is a fundamental element of all of our human landscape narratives. Our earliest human interactions with our environments would have been primarily concerned with food, and indeed, while the shape of those interactions has changed with the rise of agriculture and of cities, they still remain basic to the forms in which we make our societies, our cultures, our languages, and our built environments. Consciously or unconsciously, landscape planning and landscape architecture largely ignore everyday food landscapes. The mechanised, growth-centric form agriculture developed through the ‘Green Revolution’ has driven the ‘culture’ from agriculture and a defunct labour force into urban areas. In the developed world, the culture of food is now focused largely on consumption, and other aspects of food and foodways including processes of production, distribution, sale, and marketing are hidden or obfuscated. Global food systems are have enormous ecological footprints and continue to reshape much of the earth's habitable landmass. In the developing world, where significant numbers are undernourished, food processes are often centred around subsistence or bulk production for distant markets. The necessities of each can obliterate food and landscape traditions and heritages as well as ecologies.

There is much of interest to food studies in the urban landscape as well, from the practices and land uses associated with markets, for example, or the concentration of restaurants in dining districts, or small interventions on rooftops and warehouses. Food customs and landscape customs are intermingled in places everywhere from food banks to sidewalk cafés to the private garden. It is now all too easy, though, to forget the intimate ways that urban and rural are linked and that clear definitions of either are impossible to describe. Urban and rural are increasingly being understood as hybridised and coexisting systems whose separation is artificial. The Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food will seek to address the hybridity of urban and rural, including intermediary zones such as suburbs and urban fringes. Five sections are proposed, in which we will seek to exhaustively identify and explain the realms where food and landscape are mutually constituted. They are:

History and archaeology
Agriculture (urban and rural)
Food systems
Policy and planning
Sociocultural food landscapes

Item Type: Edited Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Landscape, Food
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Architecture & Landscape
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 22:04
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