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- DescriptionFarmers markets are much more than places to buy produce. According to advocates for sustainable food systems, they are also places to vote with your fork for environmental protection, vibrant communities, and strong local ecomies. Farmers markets have become essential to the movement for food-system reform and are a shining example of a growing green ecomy where consumers can shop their way to social change. Black, White, and Green brings new energy to this topic by exploring dimensions of race and class as they relate to farmers markets and the green ecomy. With a focus on two Bay Area markets-one in the primarily white neighborhood of North Berkeley, and the other in largely black West Oakland-Alison Hope Alkon investigates the possibilities for social and environmental change embodied by farmers markets and the green ecomy. Drawing on ethgraphic and historical sources, Alkon describes the meanings that farmers market managers, vendors, and consumers attribute to the buying and selling of local organic food, and the ways that those meanings are raced and classed. She mobilizes this research to understand how the green ecomy fosters visions of social change that are compatible with ecomic growth while marginalizing those that are t. Black, White, and Green is one of the first books to carefully theorize the green ecomy, to examine the racial dynamics of food politics, and to approach issues of food access from an environmental-justice perspective. In a practical sense, Alkon offers an empathetic critique of a newly popular strategy for social change, highlighting both its strengths and limitations.
- Author BiographyAlison Hope Alkon is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Pacific, USA. She is coeditor of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability.
- Author(s)Alison Hope Alkon
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2012
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleGeographies of Justice and Social Transformation
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note19 black & white photographs, 3 tables, 2 maps
- Weight525 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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