The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America

The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America

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Overview

The intersection of food and immigration in North America, from the macroscale of national policy to the microscale of immigrants' lived, daily foodways.

 

This volume considers the intersection of food and immigration at both the macroscale of national policy and the microscale of immigrant foodways—the intimate, daily performances of identity, culture, and community through food. Taken together, the chapters—which range from an account of the militarization of the agricultural borderlands of Yuma, Arizona, to a case study of Food Policy Council in Vancouver, Canada—demonstrate not only that we cannot talk about immigration without talking about food but also that we cannot talk about food without talking about immigration.

The book investigates these questions through the construct of the immigrant-food nexus, which encompasses the constantly shifting relationships of food systems, immigration policy, and immigrant foodways. The contributors, many of whom are members of the immigrant communities they study, write from a range of disciplines. Three guiding themes organize the chapters: borders—cultural, physical, and geopolitical; labor, connecting agribusiness and immigrant lived experience; and identity narratives and politics, from “local food” to “dietary acculturation.”

Contributors

Julian Agyeman, Alison Hope Alkon, FernandoJ. Bosco, Kimberley Curtis, Katherine Dentzman, Colin Dring, Sydney Giacalone, Phoebe Godfrey, Sarah D. Huang, Maryam Khojasteh, Jillian Linton, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli, Samuel C. H. Mindes, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Christopher Neubert, Fabiola Ortiz Valdez, Victoria Ostenso, Catarina Passidomo, Mary Beth Schmid, Sea Sloat, Dianisi Torres, Kat Vang, Hannah Wittman, Sarah Wood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262538411
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: Food, Health, and the Environment
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the coauthor of Sharing Cities and the coeditor of The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America, each published by the MIT Press.

Sydney Giacalone is a scholar whose work focuses on critical geography and justice within the food system.

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the coauthor of Sharing Cities and the coeditor of The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America, each published by the MIT Press.

Sydney Giacalone is a scholar whose work focuses on critical geography and justice within the food system.

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern is Assistant Professor of Food Studies and Affiliate of the Departments of Geography and Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University.

Alison Hope Alkon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Pacific.

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the coauthor of Sharing Cities and the coeditor of The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor, and Identity in North America, each published by the MIT Press.

Sydney Giacalone is a scholar whose work focuses on critical geography and justice within the food system.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: The Immigrant-Food Nexus Julian Agyeman Sydney Giacalone 1

I Borders: Individuals, Communities, and Nations 17

1 Criminalization and Militarization: Civic World Making in Arizona's Agricultural Borderlands Kimberley Curtis 21

2 Slaughterhouse Politics: Struggling for the Future in the Age of Trump Christopher Neubert 41

3 Contested Ethnic Foodscapes: Survival, Appropriation, and Resistance in Gentrifying Immigrant Neighborhoods Pascale Joassart-Marcelli Fernando J. Bosco 59

4 Immigrants as Transformers: The Case for Immigrant Food Enterprises and Community Revitalization Maryam Khojasteh 81

5 Food from Home and Food from Here: Disassembling Locality in Local Food Systems with Refugees and Immigrants in Anchorage, Alaska Sarah D. Huang 99

II Labor: Fields and Bodies 115

6 Labor and the Problem of Herbicide Resistance: How Immigration Policies in the United States and Canada Impact Technological Development in Grain Crops Katherine Dentzman Samuel C. H. Mindes 119

7 Labor and Legibility: Mexican immigrant Farmers and Resource Access at the US Department of Agriculture Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern Sea Sloat 141

8 Enterprising Women of Mexican American Farming Families in Southern Appalachia Mary Elizabeth Schmid 161

9 Gender, Food, and Labor: Feeding Dairy Workers and Bankrolling the Dairy Industry in Upstate New York Fabiola Ortiz Valdez 181

III Identity Narratives and Identity Politics 201

10 The Canadian Dream: Multicultural Agrarian Narratives in Ontario Jillian Linton 205

11 Planning for Whom? Toward Culturally Inclusive Food Systems in Metro Vancouver Victoria Ostenso Colin Dring Hannah Wittman 225

12 "Here, We Are All Equal": Narratives of Food and Immigration from the Nuevo American South Catarina Passidomo Sara Wood 245

13 Boiled Chicken and Pizza: The Making of Transnational Hmong American Foodways Alison Hope Alkon Kat Vang 261

14 Recipes for Immigrant Lives: Crossing, Cooking, Cultivating, and Culture at a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen Situational Strangers 281

Concluding Thoughts Julian Agyeman Sydney Giacalone 299

Contributors 307

Index 311

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