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What will the Future of Farming Look Like?

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Food production has profound environmental and social consequences. To help us better understand the past, present, and future of food, sociologists investigate issues such as culture and cooking, technology and power in the agriculture sector, social movements and the environment, and food workers’ rights.

Research by Sociologists

Carolan, M. (2020). Filtering perceptions of climate change and biotechnology: Values and views among Colorado farmers and ranchers. Climatic Change, 159(1), 121-139.

McMahon, M. (2011). Standard fare or fairer standards: Feminist reflections on agri-food governance. Agriculture and Human Values, 28(3), 401-412.

Oleschuk, M., Johnston, J., & Baumann, S. (2019). Maintaining meat: Cultural repertoires and the meat paradox in a diverse sociocultural context. Sociological Forum, 34(2), 337-360.

Weiler, A. M. Sexsmith, K., & Minkoff-Zern, L.-A. (2021). Parallel precarity: a comparison of US and Canadian agricultural Guestworker programs. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 26(2), 143-163.

White, M. M. (2018). Freedom farmers: Agricultural resistance and the Black freedom movement. UNC Press Books.

Wittman, H., & Blesh, J. (2017). Food sovereignty and Fome Zero: Connecting public food procurement programmes to sustainable rural development in Brazil. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(1), 81-105.

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Sociology Courses at UVic

If you would like to explore farming, social movements and the environment in more depth, the Department offers a number of courses you might be interested in:

SOCI100A – Introduction to Sociology: Understanding Social Life
SOCI100B – Introduction to Sociology: Understanding Contemporary Society
SOCI202 – Constructing Social Problems
SOCI207 – Ecology, Society and Global Change
SOCI215 – Class and Social Inequality
SOCI316 – Social Movements
SOCI318 – Social Change
SOCI321 – Work, Globalization and Labour Movements
SOCI326 – Social Networks
SOCI355 – The Corporation, Capitalism, and Globalization
SOCI384 – Colonialism, Postcoloniality and Indigenous Resurgence
SOCI388 – Sociology of Food and Eating
SOCI436 – Issues in Sociology and Social Justice
SOCI437 – Issues in Environmental Sociology and Climate Change
SOCI438 – Issues in Contemporary Sociology
SOCI439A – Community Engaged Sociology I
SOCI439B – Community Engaged Sociology II