"This singular book explores the concepts of sovereignty, how religion has shaped and molded such concepts, as well as the direct and unyielding consequences these power structures have had, and are still having, on environmental health, food security, and global environmental politics . . . Edible Entanglements rips off the blinders and explores not just how religious concepts have played into power structures and thus impacted our planet, but considers how religious thought may help us get out of the mess we are in."
—Elizabeth J. Ruther, Coastal State-Federal Relations Coordinator, Oregon Coastal Management Program
“How odd, given the consuming global challenge of food, that so little of the discourse of eco-social justice, let alone of political theology, has focused on the matter. With this multi-faceted yet attractively accessible work, S. Yael Dennis has rectified the situation. Reconsidering the notion of ‘food sovereignty,’ it provides an interdisciplinary introduction to political theology that takes the latter where it has never gone. Edible Entanglements makes a brilliant contribution to political, economic, and ecological studies in religion.”
—Catherine Keller, Author of Political Theology of the Earth: Our Planetary Emergency and the Struggle for a New Public (2018)
“In this book, Shelley Dennis develops a political theology of food that engages the important idea of sovereignty. On the one hand, sovereignty is the nation-state’s unified power to decide, based on the work of Carl Schmitt. On the other hand, food sovereignty offers an important site of resistance to the onslaught of corporate capitalism and its food security regime. Dennis combines excellent theoretical analysis with valuable ecological applications. Anyone concerned about access to food in the context of climate change should read it!”
—Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
“The political, religious, and philosophical thinking surrounding issues of food production and distribution are of the highest importance in the face of continued neo-liberal globalization and the return of nationalisms. Anyone concerned about food justice should read this book. S. Yael Dennis interrogates the theological and philosophical understandings of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘anthropology,’ and human-earth relations, bringing nutritional science into the discussion as well, in order to interrogate the violence of the contemporary corporate food regimes and lift up the more egalitarian food regime of the food sovereignty movements, which recognize that we are all dependent upon (and thus vulnerable to) the rest of the planetary community which sustains our lives on a daily basis.”
—Whitney Bauman, Florida International University