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    The digital revolution, data curation, and the new dynamics of food sovereignty construction

    Fraser, Alistair (2020) The digital revolution, data curation, and the new dynamics of food sovereignty construction. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 47 (1). pp. 208-226. ISSN 0306-6150

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    Technological change has given rise to the so-called ‘digital revolution’ (DR). How the DR affects food sovereignty (FS) construction remains unclear. This paper explores a balanced point of view, which highlights some key reasons why the DR is bad news for FS but also identifies features of the DR that could bolster FS construction. At the centre of the argument is the concept ‘data curation,’ which connects data-laden, algorithminfused capitalist enterprises to users of diverse technology services and devices. I examine how data curation is practized by capitalist enterprises in the food sector, focusing in particular on developments pursued by the British food retailer Ocado. I then examine three forms of data curation of relevance to FS construction. Emphasizing the urgency of attending to these new dynamics of FS construction, I conclude the paper with a call for further research on data curation practices of relevance to FS scholars and activists.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: food sovereignty; digital revolution; data curation; food retail;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 13810
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    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 10:53
    Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Peasant Studies
    Publisher: Taylror and Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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