Ewa Kopczyńska, Agata Bachórz


The papers in this volume illustrate how using resources from the past can be a response to the threats of what is seen as external influence. Food uncertainty often concerns the global economy, the capitalist system, the transforming production and distribution system, new technologies, selling and marketing methods, etc. Therefore, the lack of trust is directed not only toward cultural dynamics of late modernity, but also toward domination of the Western centre of the food system. The resistance embedded in food fears has not only temporal, but also spatial and political dimensions. Openly expressed food fears as well as informal, bottom-up alternative-seeking in certain contexts can be then interpreted as indirect criticism
of the transformations the Polish economy and culture have been undergoing.



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