Sick ‘scapes : boutique and corporate food geographies and Mexico’s public health crisis

dc.contributor.advisorSletto, Bjørn
dc.creatorStycos, Mary H.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-03T20:31:29Z
dc.date.available2021-09-03T20:31:29Z
dc.date.created2020-05
dc.date.issued2020-07-17
dc.date.submittedMay 2020
dc.date.updated2021-09-03T20:31:29Z
dc.description.abstractMexico is sick, and it is getting sicker. Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, Mexico has become one of the most obese and most undernourished and diabetes-ridden countries in the world. Its food landscape has been completely transformed. An examination of the current panorama reveals a neoliberal foodscape arranged to reinforce and deepen pre-existing health, gender, race, and class inequalities. Throughout the country there is an emerging elite boutique food movement heralded by public health officials and food activists as healthy and sustainable, yet, paradoxically, the country is also witnessing a massive expansion of corporate food sources, largely left unchecked and understudied. These sites of neoliberal “ruination” are emblematic of the NAFTA-created industrialized food system impacting the livelihoods, diets, and ultimately health of Mexico’s most vulnerable residents. As a result, the Mexican foodscape reflects the violence present of global food geopolitics, which is dominated by multinational companies with an enormous power to dictate not only what people eat but what food is produced, how, and by whom. The resulting globalization of the Mexican diet is physically manipulating and exerting control over the bodies of residents, ultimately maintaining existing power structures. A “food geography” analysis of the corporate takeover of the Mexican food system is necessary to understanding the post-NAFTA neoliberal public health crisis that the country is facing
dc.description.departmentLatin American Studies
dc.description.departmentCommunity and Regional Planning
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/87460
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/14405
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectFoodscape
dc.subjectMexico
dc.subjectFree trade
dc.subjectPlanning
dc.subjectPublic health
dc.subjectNAFTA
dc.subjectFood systems
dc.titleSick ‘scapes : boutique and corporate food geographies and Mexico’s public health crisis
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentLatin American Studies
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.disciplineLatin American Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Community and Regional Planning

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