Food, needs and commons

Authored by: John O’Neill

Routledge Handbook Of Food As A Commons

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138062627
eBook ISBN: 9781315161495
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315161495-7

 Download Chapter

 

Abstract

In market economies food is a commodity that is distributed through market exchange. Indeed, Karl Polanyi takes the degree to which food, together with land and labour, are marketable commodities to be a measure of the degree to which an economy is fully developed as a market economy:

The rise of the market to a ruling force in the economy can be traced by noting the extent to which land and food were mobili zed through exchange, and labor was turned into a commodity free to be purchased on the market.

(Polanyi, 1957: 255)

 Cite
Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.