Economy, culture and environment: perspectives on the Australian food industry

Robert Fagan*

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Intersections between economy, culture and environment pose exciting future challenges for human geography. Part of Griffith Taylor's pioneering role as a geographer was to investigate relationships between these three aspects of human life, although his agenda was that of environmental determinism. This paper considers these intersections as they relate to contemporary geographical studies of restructuring, in particular the emergence of a genuinely global economic system since about 1980. Recent developments in cultural geography argue that geographical analysis of restructuring has been dominated by an economic determinism which has buried other stories which could be told about industrial change. The paper sketches lines of possible dialogue between economic geography and cultural studies, illustrating the argument with examples from restructuring in the Australian food industry. In opening such a dialogue, economic geography would be better placed to return to interactions between economy, culture and environment. In his day, Taylor was not afraid to upset the conventional wisdom about these relationships and this may be one of his most enduring legacies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1995


  • cultural
  • economic geography
  • feminism
  • food processing industry
  • globalisation
  • postmodernism
  • restructuring
  • structuralism
  • studies


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