The Politics of Food Supply U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy Bill Winders, James C. Scott

Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Publication date:
28 Feb 2012
Yale University Press
302 pages: 235 x 156mm
18 b-w illus.
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This book deals with an important and timely issue: the political and economic forces that have shaped agricultural policies in the United States during the past eighty years. It explores the complex interactions of class, market, and state as they have affected the formulation and application of agricultural policy decisions since the New Deal, showing how divisions and coalitions within Southern, Corn Belt, and Wheat Belt agriculture were central to the ebb and flow of price supports and production controls. In addition, the book highlights the roles played by the world economy, the civil rights movement, and existing national policy to provide an invaluable analysis of past and recent trends in supply management policy.

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Winner of the 2011 Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association Book Award

Bill Winders is associate professor of sociology, the School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in Atlanta.

"In The Politics of Food Supply Winders makes a significant contribution to the sociology of agrifood studies. Established academics and graduate students in the areas of historical sociology and the sociology of the agrifood system will find this book an engaging read as well as a valuable example of critical agrifood research."—Douglas H. Constance, Agriculture and Human Values