The 2008 Food Crisis as a Critical Event for the Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Movements

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Published Dec 4, 2012
Noha Shawki

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As a reaction to the 2008 food crisis, a diverse group of US-based organizations formed a multi-sectoral coalition to promote food sovereignty. How did the 2008 food crisis unify these diverse groups? How did different groups with different agendas find a common cause in food sovereignty? I draw on social movement theory to explain the formation of the coalition and show how its member groups have sought to strengthen its capacity, formulate a coherent message, and jointly campaign for change in food and agriculture policy. I find that a number of variables explain these processes: heightened threats and expanding opportunities encourage initial joint mobilization, while pre-existing ties and trust, organizational flexibility, and frame alignment help expand the membership and capacity of the coalition.

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Shawki , N. 2012. The 2008 Food Crisis as a Critical Event for the Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Movements. The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. 19, 3 (Dec. 2012), 423-444. DOI:https://doi.org/10.48416/ijsaf.v19i3.214.
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