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Food, Protest and Collective Action in Córdoba: Eruption, Unrest and Normalization

Title
Food, Protest and Collective Action in Córdoba: Eruption, Unrest and Normalization
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Martin Eynard # National University of Córdoba
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Date and Time
23rd Jan 2018 15:30 - 23rd Jan 2018 17:00
Location
Room 9.01 (Neil MacCormick Room) David Hume Tower, George Square, EH8 9JX
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/research/research_centres/cross_school_research_clusters/food_researchers_in_edinburgh_fried/seminars_and_public_events/2017_2018/food,_protest_and_collective_action_in_cordoba_eruption,_unrest_and_normalization

Abstract

At the turn of the millennium, Argentineans witnessed a new phenomenon: the emergence of collective actions to visibilise conflicts over access to food. These activities developed in a variety of ways. They included a rise in social movements demanding improvements in state-led social programs and protests over the closure of soup kitchens. They also led to the looting of supermarkets and widespread food riots. We can interpret a lack of food as a threat to the material reproduction of the body, thus limiting its compatibility with the social system (Melucci, 1996). The demand for food can also be considered a network of various conflicts (Scribano, 2005). These are relationally structured to society over any given time and/or space (Giddens, 1995). I combined a qualitative approach (semi-structured, in-depth individual and group interviews and observation) with quantitative data (local newspaper articles on conflicts around food). Subsequently, I divided this conflict into three key stages: eruption (2001-2002), unrest (2002-2003) and normalization (2003-2007). Each of these stages involved a combination of diverse actors (grassroots activists, piqueteros, government representatives, neighborhood associations) as well as other forms of protests and emerging demands. In sum, I identified the development of a process to facilitate the re-concentration of state power and tame social conflicts over access to food.

Bio

Martin Eynard is an Argentinean sociologist. He holds a degree in Sociology, National University of Villa María (2007) and a PhD in Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Quilmes (2013). Martin examines issues of health and disease from a socio-anthropological prospective. He has an interest in food studies, including collective action in relation to food. In 2013, he was awarded an ARTESS EMA2 and later a PRECIOSA/EMA2 scholarship at the University of Padua, Italy. In 2015, he participated at the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) and subsequently secured two BIARI Seed Grants to develop research projects in public policy and health in the Global South. Martin teaches at both a graduate and postgraduate level. He is an active member of numerous academic networks and organizations, including the Street Food Global Network, the International Sociology Association (ISA), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food (ICAF), the Asociación Latino Americana de Sociología (ALAS) and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sociológicos (CIES).  

Martin Eynard’s ResearchGate profile.

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