Eating at Us: Representations of Knowledge in the activist documentary film Food Inc

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dc.contributor.author Flowers, R
dc.contributor.author Swan, E
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:34:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Studies in the Education of Adults, 2011, 43 (2), pp. 234 - 250
dc.identifier.issn 0266-0830
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18766
dc.description.abstract Writing on social movement learning and environmental adult education invokes particular views on knowledge that need further examination and development in relation to food social movements. Although food social movements take different forms, the paper argues that the politics of food knowledge is at the centre of many of these movements. Contributing to the discourse of social movement learning, this article focuses on the film Food, Inc., an important activist resource and documentary film about a particular food movement. We analyse how it legitimates certain forms of knowledge about food production and consumption and de-legitimates others. Whilst a useful case study on knowledge and film activism in itself, the article seeks to challenge what it sees as some key tenets about knowledge in social movement learning literature. One key tenet is that it is self-evident whose interests are served by 'ordinary people's knowledge' and 'scientific knowledge.' Instead, it is argued that when it comes to collective action for food there is ambiguity, messiness and contestation about what constitutes knowledge and, in particular, anti-capitalist knowledge. But realisation of such ambiguity, messiness and contestation should not lead to paralysed inaction, but to informed and nuanced action. A question then for social movement learning practitioners is how they can mobilise social change through a broader sense of knowledge and its effects.
dc.publisher NIACE
dc.subject food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism
dc.subject food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism
dc.title Eating at Us: Representations of Knowledge in the activist documentary film Food Inc
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Studies in the Education of Adults
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 43
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Leicester en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 234 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 250 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Social and Political Change Group en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1301 Education Systems
dc.personcode 890314 en_US
dc.personcode 109011 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Education Systems en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism en_US
dc.description.keywords grocery, emotions, videography, brand loyalty, consumer
dc.description.keywords food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism
dc.description.keywords food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism
dc.description.keywords food social movements, social movement learning, film, popular education, food knowledges, documentary activism
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 109011 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Creative Practices and the Cultural Economy
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Management and Organisation Studies


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