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The Food Waste Paradox from a Critical Discursive Perspective

Hepp, Maria Constanza LU (2016) HEKM50 20161
Department of Human Geography
Human Ecology
Abstract
According to data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. This phenomenon is both normalized and socially obscured within a discursive regime that is materially sustained in the squander of natural resources, the most severe consequence of which is an overall threat to the life-support system of the planet. Following Fairclough’s approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) this thesis identifies how FAO constructs its discourse on food waste and how it links to discursive and social practices that frame the problem of surplus and discarded food. The present critique is combined with an investigation on the interdiscursive and intertextual... (More)
According to data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. This phenomenon is both normalized and socially obscured within a discursive regime that is materially sustained in the squander of natural resources, the most severe consequence of which is an overall threat to the life-support system of the planet. Following Fairclough’s approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) this thesis identifies how FAO constructs its discourse on food waste and how it links to discursive and social practices that frame the problem of surplus and discarded food. The present critique is combined with an investigation on the interdiscursive and intertextual relationship between the FAO documents and language use within a group of volunteers from the Malmö based food-rescue initiative Rude Food. The findings point to the pervasiveness of the capitalist-economic discourse in the FAO documents and shifting orders of discourse within the members of the Rude Food project. (Less)
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Hepp, Maria Constanza LU
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HEKM50 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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food waste, critical discourse analysis, activist research, standpoint epistemology, social change, discursive change, capitalist-economic discourse
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English
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8873321
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  abstract     = {According to data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste. This phenomenon is both normalized and socially obscured within a discursive regime that is materially sustained in the squander of natural resources, the most severe consequence of which is an overall threat to the life-support system of the planet. Following Fairclough’s approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) this thesis identifies how FAO constructs its discourse on food waste and how it links to discursive and social practices that frame the problem of surplus and discarded food. The present critique is combined with an investigation on the interdiscursive and intertextual relationship between the FAO documents and language use within a group of volunteers from the Malmö based food-rescue initiative Rude Food. The findings point to the pervasiveness of the capitalist-economic discourse in the FAO documents and shifting orders of discourse within the members of the Rude Food project.},
  author       = {Hepp, Maria Constanza},
  keyword      = {food waste,critical discourse analysis,activist research,standpoint epistemology,social change,discursive change,capitalist-economic discourse},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Food Waste Paradox from a Critical Discursive Perspective},
  year         = {2016},
}