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The New Food Activism

Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action

Alison Alkon (Editor), Julie Guthman (Editor)

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Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 9780520292147
June 2017
$29.95, £24.95
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The New Food Activism explores the ways that food activism can be pushed toward deeper and more complex engagements with social, racial, and economic justice and toward advocating for broader and more transformational shifts in the food system. Topics explored include struggles against pesticides and GMOs, efforts to improve workers’ pay and conditions throughout the food system, and alternatives that push the food movement beyond its typical reliance on individualism, consumerism, and private property. The authors challenge and advance existing discourse on consumer trends, food movements, and the intersection of food with racial and economic inequalities.

1 • Introduction 1
Alison Hope Alkon and Julie Guthman

Part One
Regulatory Campaigns

2 • Taking a Different Tack: Pesticide Regulatory-Reform Activism in California
Jill Lindsey Harrison

3 • How Canadian Farmers Fought and Won the Battle against GM Wheat
Emily Eaton

4 • How Midas Lost Its Golden Touch: Neoliberalism and Activist Strategy in the Demise of Methyl Iodide in California
Julie Guthman and Sandy Brown

Part Two
Working For Workers

5 • Resetting the “Good Food” Table: Labor and Food Justice Alliances in Los Angeles
Joshua Sbicca

6 • Food Workers and Consumers Organizing Together for Food Justice
Joann Lo and Biko Koenig

7 • Farmworker-Led Food Movements Then and Now: United Farm Workers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Potential for Farm Labor Justice
Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern

Part Three
Collective Practices

8 • Collective Purchase: Food Cooperatives and Their Pursuit of Justice
Andrew Zitcer

9 • Cooperative Social Practices, Self-Determination, and the Struggle for Food Justice in Oakland and Chicago
Meleiza Figueroa and Alison Hope Alkon

10 • Urban Agriculture, Food Justice, and Neoliberal Urbanization: Rebuilding the Institution of Property
Michelle Glowa

11 • Boston’s Emerging Food Solidarity Economy
Penn Loh and Julian Agyeman

12 • Grounding the U.S. Food Movement: Bringing Land into Food Justice
Tanya M. Kerssen and Zoe W. Brent

13 • Conclusion: A New Food Politics
Alison Hope Alkon and Julie Guthman

Alison Hope Alkon is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Pacific and cofounder of their MA Program in Food Studies. She is the author of Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy and coeditor of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability.
Julie Guthman is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California and Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism.

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