May, Sarah; Sidali, Katia Laura; Spiller, Achim; Tschofen, Bernhard (Eds.): Taste | Power | Tradition: Geographical Indications as Cultural Property. Göttingen Studies in Cultural Property, Vol. 10. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press 2017.132 Pages, Softcover, 23,00 EUR, ISBN13: 978-3-86395-208-2.
The idea of origin in terms of space and culture as a special indicator of quality is one of the most inﬂuential strands in contemporary food. It impacts on politics, economics and everyday life – and it connects these ﬁelds with complex relations of power and culture. With geographical indications, the EU offers an instrument which allows for the declaration of specialties, qualiﬁed by their tradition, as typical for a deﬁned area. The declaration serves to protect these products as intellectual and collective property and presents them as culinary heritage, thereby enabling sale at an added value. Accordingly, the EU instrument of geographical indications evokes the interests of a variety of disciplines, such as (agricultural) economics, (social) geography, sociology, anthropology and law. Nonetheless, dialogue and cooperation among the disciplines are quite rare. “Taste | Power | Tradition” gives an insight into this multidisciplinary debate and brings together empirical data and theoretical reﬂections from different perspectives.