Food as a Mirror of Global Political Development

Food as a Mirror of Global Political Development

Lebedeva M.M.,

Dr. Sci. (Polit. Sci.), Professor, Head of World Politics Department, MGIMO University, Moscow, Russia,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2015.02.14

For citation:

Lebedeva M.M. Food as a Mirror of Global Political Development. – Polis. Political Studies. 2015. No. 2. P. 187-190. (In Russ.).


The critical essay considers from a point of view of a political scientist how biopolitics (in nutrition sphere) reflects sociocultural development of the world. Focusing on the studies by a prominent sociologist Sergey Kravchenko (Kravchenko S.A Sotsiokulturnaya dinamika edy: riski, uyazvimosti, vostrebovannoct gumanisticheskoi biopolitiki [Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Food: Risks, Vulnerabilities, Demand for Humanistic Biopolitics]. Мoscow: MGIMO-University. 2014. 128 p.) the changes in the sphere of biopolitics in the contemporary world are discussed. On one hand, in the field of food production, one can observe the expansion of the assembly line as it occurs in other fields of production. On the other hand, in food production and consumption, such phenomena as ‘Coca-colonization’ and ‘bananization’, described by Sergey Kravchenko, are also observed. All of these mean deviation from national traditions, and even more – it turns into a challenge. Agreeing with Sergey Kravchenko on the necessity to make use of the humanistic approach in the sphere of biopolitics, the author of the essay proposes to consider this approach as part of global governance. For this purpose, the initiation of a series of negotiations is proposed.

biopolitics; world politics; global governance; food; humanistic biopolitics; Sergey Kravchenko.

Content No. 2, 2015

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