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Roberta Sonnino & Ana Moragues-Faus

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Chapter 27: Introduction to Part Six: Feeding Hungry and Thirsty Cities

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Introduction to Part Six: Feeding Hungry and Thirsty Cities
Introduction to Part Six: Feeding Hungry and Thirsty Cities: An Introduction
Roberta SonninoAna Moragues-Faus
Introduction: Problematising Technocratic Approaches to Water and Food Security

Water and food are essential for the maintenance of life. For this very reason, they have long been subjected to a political lexicon of ‘security', which, over the last few decades, has become increasingly intertwined with neoliberal discourses about the expansion of global markets. Throughout the post-war period, the unfolding of the neoliberal capitalist project has given prominence to one fundamental ‘security’ strategy: the commodification of food and water, which have been progressively conceptualised as materials to be incorporated into production processes or marketed and exploited to deliver specific services (Friedmann & McMichael, 1989; McMichael, ...

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