THE PROPERTY OF FOOD

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This paper explores the political struggles behind the definition of geographical indication (GI), and the different uses for these food labels. It examines both the geopolitical and local conflicts around the definition of what GIs are, and the implications of GIs for the conceptualization of property. The article argues that the international geopolitics embodied in GIs is not simply creating class stratifications; it is dispossessing rural, local and underprivileged populations of a crucial resource: their tastes. Ultimately, the article argues for the utility of property as a theoretical and political concept, and suggests that we see it as a site of conflict.1

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alternative movements, certification, food, geographical indications, property

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Mattioli, F., (2013) “THE PROPERTY OF FOOD”, Ethnologia Europaea 43(2), p.47-61. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1115

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Fabio Mattioli (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris))

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