1 Thanks to Hannah Cross for research assistance and to Sarah Bracking for her usual insight.
Food Riots: Poverty, Power and Protest1
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2009
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Journal of Agrarian Change
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 119–129, January 2010
How to Cite
BUSH, R. (2010), Food Riots: Poverty, Power and Protest. Journal of Agrarian Change, 10: 119–129. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0366.2009.00253.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2009
This paper explores the phenomenon of food riots. It argues that the riots may have been triggered by spikes in food prices in 2007–8, but there were many other factors that underpinned them. Demonstrators challenged injustice, inequality and political repression. Food riots were part of an important groundswell of mobilization that brought together a wide range of political coalitions for change and the promotion of human dignity.