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Title: Feeding (On) Geopolitical Anxieties: Asian Appetites, News Media Framing and the 2007-2008 Food Crisis
Authors: Gong, Qian
Le Billon, P.
First Published: 2-Jun-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Geopolitics, 2014, 19 (2), pp. 291-321 (31)
Abstract: This paper analyses the role of news media in (re)producing geopolitical narratives of food insecurity in relation to the 2007–2008 global food price spike. News content and textual analysis suggests that the media’s representation of the food price spike is partly framed by Western geopolitical anxieties of the ‘threatening rise of Asia’, and features ‘fast growing’ Asian appetites among the main culprits of the crisis. Seeking to explain the widespread circulation of such representation, this paper analyses media-source relationship within the context of market-driven journalism, and suggests that the changing role of news media has in turn contributed to a rapid and uncritical circulation of elite-based interpretation of, and neoliberal geopolitical approach to, food security. The paper points at the importance of critical enquiries into geopolitical representations of food insecurity and of opening media space for a ‘counter-geopolitics of food security’.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14650045.2014.896789
ISSN: 1465-0045
eISSN: 1557-3028
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Geopolitics 2 June 2014
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