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Food and Place

This text provides a comprehensive and critical exploration of food from the unique perspective of place. It shows that our experiences with food are deeply influenced by their cultural, social, economic, and political contexts. The authors explore a wide range of questions such as: Do GMOs threaten rural livelihoods? Why don't we eat dogs? Does your neighborhood make you fat? Do community gardens encourage urban gentrification? Can cheese save a local economy? Why are gourmet burgers appearing on menus all over the world? How do immigrants use food to create a sense of place? Does mainstream nutrition stigmatize bodies? Is the kitchen an oppressive place? Can celebrity chefs change the food system? Critically engaged and connected to current activist and academic debates, Food and Place will be an essential resource for students across the social sciences.
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Introduction Chapter 1: Food and Place: An Introduction Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco Chapter 2: A Place Perspective on Food: Key Concepts and Theoretical Foundations Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco Part I: Food Regimes Chapter 3: Networks of Global Production and Resistance: Meat, Dairy and Place Alida Cantor, Jody Emel, and Harvey Neo Chapter 4: Genetically Modified Crops and the Remaking of Latin America's Food Landscape Elizabeth Fitting Chapter 5: Farm Labor, Immigration and Race Lise Nelson Chapter 6: Ethical Food and Global Commodity Chains Hannah Evans and Pascale Joassart-Marcelli Chapter 7: Global Hunger: Poverty, Inequality, and Vulnerability Daniel Ervin, Cascade Tuholske, and David Lopez-Carr Part II: Foodscapes Chapter 8: Food and Gentrification: How Foodies are Transforming Urban Neighborhoods Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco Chapter 9: Can Place Cause Obesity? A Critical Perspective on the Food Environment Julie Guthman Chapter 10: Food Banks and the Devolution of Anti-Hunger Policy Daniel N. Warshawsky Chapter 11: Spaces of Alternative Food: Urban Agriculture, Community Gardens, and Farmers Markets Fernando J. Bosco and Pascale Joassart-Marcelli Part III: Bodies Chapter 12: Food, Ethnicity, and Place: Producing Identity and Difference Pascale Joassart-Marcelli, Zia Salim, and Vienne Vu Chapter 13: Critical Nutrition: Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Bodily Nourishment Jessica Hayes-Conroy and Allison Hayes-Conroy Chapter 14: Food, Biopower, and the Child's Body as a Scale of Intervention Sarah E. Dempsey and Kristina E. Gibson Chapter 15: Cooking at Home: Gender, Class, Race, and Social Reproduction Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Enrico Marcelli Chapter 16: Chefs Celebrities, Experts, or Advocates? Blaire O'Neal and Pascale Joassart-Marcelli Glossary Index

About the Author

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is professor of geography at and director of the Urban Studies Program at San Diego State University. Fernando Bosco is professor of geography and graduate advisor for the doctoral program in geography at San Diego State University.


Across the globe, how are food practices, from production to consumption, shaped by the spaces in which they occur, and in turn, how do they transform places and contribute to place-making? This thoroughly engaging critical analysis takes us from GMOs to gentrification and from bio-politics to body politics, making it a must read for activists and academics alike.--Julian Agyeman, Tufts University Offering students lucid explanations of key concepts, this collection is an excellent introduction to today's food and farming issues. Drawing on the latest research from multiple disciplines, the authors cover the central debates in areas such as ethical eating, social policy, and food politics. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of the spatiality of food practices, the ways food makes place, and how relations of power--race, gender, class--always shape these geographies.--Rachel Slocum, SIT Graduate Institute Food systems are as dynamic as the global economy they have developed within. Because of this, we require vigilant and far-reaching analyses of the changes within food systems and how, in turn, these place-based changes disrupt people's lives. This excellent book, including some of today's most important scholars of food and place, does just this.--Nik Heynen, University of Georgia Food and Place is a powerful collection of essays that explores the intimate relationships between what we eat and where we live--and how those relationships shape individual and geographic identities. Joassart-Marcelli and Bosco link global industrial food regimes to the landscapes they produce and the cultural meanings inherent in the food people ultimately consume. Their through-line is justice: for immigrant pickers and slaughterhouse workers, for urban communities facing food insecurity, and for diverse individuals confronting exclusionary food cultures. This is an important book for anyone interested in the critical role of food in our lives, livelihoods, and environments.--Jennifer Wolch, University of California, Berkeley This exciting and expansive book convincingly argues that place is an essential lens through which to view all aspects of the food system, from bodies to landscapes to global economic flows. It is essential reading for scholars, students, activists, and policy makers working to create a more just and sustainable food system.--Alison Alkon, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of the Pacific

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