About the project
The project 'Food citizens?' examines the consequences and premises of collective food acquisition in three European cities (Rotterdam, Turin, and Gdańsk).
Food as mediator of social relations
For a growing European urban population (80% by 2050), food is a mediator of relations within social networks, not only a commodity or nutrient. Eaters are not just consumers, but social actors whose meaning-making depends on faith, gender, age, income, kinship, and other sociocultural factors.
Challenging stereotypical imaginaries of European urbanites, a multilevel comparison in three European cities will investigate multiple types of collective food procurement networks: a. urban foraging; b. short food chains; c. local food governance. Our fieldsites represent post-industrial cities, in which we observe and analyze the cultural dimensions of solidarity, diversity, skill, and scale of action. Ethnographically, we investigate how collective food procurement networks engage with and through food: How do they interpret and articulate solidarity? Which skills do they acquire or lack? How do they operate across and within diverse communities? Do they scale ‘up’ or ‘out’, and how?