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Feeding (On) Geopolitical Anxieties: Asian Appetites, News Media Framing and the 2007-2008 Food Crisis

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posted on 24.02.2015, 11:41 by Qian Gong, P. Le Billon
This paper analyses the role of news media in (re)producing geopolitical narratives of food insecurity in relation to the 2007–2008 global food price spike. News content and textual analysis suggests that the media’s representation of the food price spike is partly framed by Western geopolitical anxieties of the ‘threatening rise of Asia’, and features ‘fast growing’ Asian appetites among the main culprits of the crisis. Seeking to explain the widespread circulation of such representation, this paper analyses media-source relationship within the context of market-driven journalism, and suggests that the changing role of news media has in turn contributed to a rapid and uncritical circulation of elite-based interpretation of, and neoliberal geopolitical approach to, food security. The paper points at the importance of critical enquiries into geopolitical representations of food insecurity and of opening media space for a ‘counter-geopolitics of food security’.

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Citation

Geopolitics, 2014, 19 (2), pp. 291-321 (31)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Geopolitics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

1465-0045

eissn

1557-3028

Copyright date

2014

Available date

02/12/2015

Publisher version

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14650045.2014.896789

Language

en