Food for Thought and Action

Janet L. Finn

in Tracing the Veins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920071 | DOI:
Food for Thought and Action

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This chapter returns to broader questions of community and transnationalism, reflecting on the theoretical implications of this work and considering the lessons learned here in light of current cultural and political debates. Perhaps this history can inform us about the dangers and possibilities of the present systemic moment marked by global integration, brutal inequality, and a growing infatuation with free-trade agreements. Embedded in the fields of struggle addressed throughout the book—community, consumption, trust and betrayal, and reclamation—are lessons for social transformation. These lessons serve as both cautions and guides for envisioning alternative forms of alliance that challenge presumed boundaries and for discovering new possibilities in forging common ground.

Keywords: community; transnationalism; free-trade agreements; social transformation; global integration

Chapter.  6736 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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