So, I am having some trouble keeping to a regularly posting schedule. It seems to come in spurts and waves and then falls into the background, as I get distracted by all the many magic things that this life brings me.
Two major issues are dominating my thoughts at this moment:
1) Articulating shifts in global food security governance as part of a broader, deliberate project of (neo)liberalism. This corresponds nicely with Rosenau’s construction of contemporary global governance as fragmentation, steals shamelessly from Ian McKay’s work on the Liberal Order Framework (in Canada), and is supported by David Harvey’s work on the enigma of capital. It pushes the state out of the centre of analysis making space for other social relations to emerge. It positions global governance as a project to be analysed through the expansion of a specific politico-economic logic: liberalism (see McKay 2000: 621). My own review of the food security literature suggests a disconnect, or lack of concern, for these broader politico-economic. These links need to be better articulated and mapped out so that we can better understand food security policy, not as a policy sphere unto itself, but as a policy project that is integrated into a larger project of global governance.
2) Alternative modes of organizing public participation in policy making. When I was in Jokkmokk, Sweden for Indigenous Terra Madre, I met with two delegates from Thailand who explained a system their community developed based on character traits that are prevalent in their history (articulated through stories) and how this system is them enacted to better participate (and resist) development plans and policy that threaten their communities.
I am super keen to talk to ANYONE about these issues, so if you are interested, send along an email (jduncan.uoc (a) gmail . com)
A weekend of wine tasting in the Languedoc region of France awaits me but I hope to get back into blogging more seriously next week.