A rallying cry to link the food justice movement to broader social justice debates
The United States is a nation of foodies and food activists, many of them progressives, and yet their overwhelming concern for what they consume often hinders their engagement with social justice more broadly. Food Justice Now! charts a path from food activism to social justice activism that integrates the two. It calls on the food-focused to broaden and deepen their commitment to the struggle against structural inequalities both within and beyond the food system.
In an engrossing, historically grounded, and ethnographically rich narrative, Joshua Sbicca argues that food justice is more than just a myopic focus on food, allowing scholars and activists alike to investigate the causes behind inequities and evaluate and implement political strategies to overcome them. Focusing on carceral, labor, and immigration crises, Sbicca tells the stories of three California-based food movement organizations, showing that when activists use food to confront neoliberal capitalism and institutional racism, they can creatively expand how to practice and achieve food justice.
Sbicca sets his central argument in opposition to apolitical and individual solutions, discussing national food movement campaigns and the need for economically and racially just food policiesa matter of vital public concern with deep implications for building collective power across a diversity of interests.
|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Joshua Sbicca is assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Food as Social Justice Politics1. Inequality and Resistance: The Legacy of Food and Justice Movements2. Opposing the Carceral State: Food-Based Prisoner Reentry Activism3. Taking Back the Economy: Fair Labor Relations and Food Worker Advocacy4. Immigration Food Fights: Challenging Borders and Bridging Social Boundaries5. Radicalizing Food Politics: Collective Power, Diversity, and SolidarityConclusion: Notes on the Future of Food JusticeAcknowledgmentsAppendix: Approach and DataNotesBibliographyIndex