A Tale of Two Cheeses: Parmesan, Cheddar, and the Politics of Generic Geographical Indications (GGIs)

Goler Solecki, Sarah (2015) A Tale of Two Cheeses: Parmesan, Cheddar, and the Politics of Generic Geographical Indications (GGIs). Tesi di Dottorato, LUISS Guido Carli, Department of Political Science > PhD Program in Political Theory (english language), tutor: Gianfranco Pellegrino, p. 358. [Doctoral Thesis]

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The difference between Geographical Indication (GI) and generic food terms is an important and highly contentious issue in international negotiations. This distinction is significant to producers, manufacturers, consumers, and policy-makers all over the world because it means the difference between the restricted versus open use of certain popular terms in domestic and global markets. This thesis uses a food studies approach that employs cheese as a lens to understand the contested politics of Generic Geographical Indications (GGIs), which has been under-explored in the literature on GIs. Through case studies and an analysis of written policy material and other documents, websites, blogs, artefacts, observations, and semi-structured interviews and discussions, it investigates the complex processes through which European and New World (NW) actors compete over the status – protected or generic – of cheese names, why this struggle is manifested in the case of Parmesan but not of Cheddar, and how we can better understand genericism within the context of GI policy. The thesis argues that actors guided by differing agricultural paradigms compete to secure the use of terms through oppositional discursive strategies of ‘gastro-panic’, where they appeal to a language of security in order to persuade policy-makers to take action against the perceived threatening actions of their opponents. It finds that unlike the contested term Parmesan no such panic has emerged surrounding Cheddar because its widespread use has not been interpreted as a threat to the ‘original.’ As well, genericism emerges as both a dynamic and socially-constructed concept subject to ongoing negotiation and contestation and a strategic discursive device used to block the successful registration of proposed product names as GIs. The debate over cheese reveals the inherently political nature of the ways in which genuineness and genericness are constructed in an increasingly competitive market-place.


Bibliografia: p. 293-358.

Item Type: Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Research documents and activity classification: LUISS PhD Thesis
Divisions: Department of Political Science > PhD Program in Political Theory (english language)
Thesis Advisor: Pellegrino, Gianfranco
Additional Information: Dottorato di ricerca in Political Theory (XXVI ciclo), LUISS Guido Carli, Roma, 2015. Tutor: Prof. Gianfranco Pellegrino. PhD School on Globalisation, the EU and Multilateralism - GEM (I generazione). PhD in partnership con l'University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geographical Indications. Generic. International negotiations. Parmesan. Cheddar. Agricultural paradigms.
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/04 Political Science
Deposited by: Chiara Annulli (admin)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 07:32
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 07:32
URI: http://eprints.luiss.it/id/eprint/1395


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