The way neighborhoods are transformed as investors, capital, and newcomers arrive cannot be understood without talking about cafes, lattes, food security, avocado toast, and race. Dr. Alison Alkon and Dr. Joshua Sbicca join us this week to discuss how food is both a gentrifying force and gentrified itself. The conversation was initiated by a new edited volume by our guests (and Dr. Yuki Kato who could not make it) titled, A Recipe for Gentrification! Tune in to learn more about how neighborhood foodscapes change, and how these changes warrant sociological analysis. All you food and environmental justice peeps, this one’s for you!
Food, gentrification, sociology, class, race, neighborhoods, urban, food justice, environmental, community gardens
- Dr. Alison Alkon’s tweets can be found at @Aliehope.
- Also, check out her book Black, White, and Green!
- Dr. Joshua Sbicca’s tweets can be found at @JoshSbicca.
- Curious about what happens when a neighborhood gets gentrified? Read this article from the Atlantic.
- The book that tipped off this convo, A Recipe for Gentrification, co-edited with Dr. Yuki Kato, can be found here:
- Be sure to use their 30% discount code: AVOTOAST30
- Curious about the Back to the Land Movement ? Read here.
- Pew Research has some information about demographic changes in suburban, urban, and rural communities.
- What is Urban Farming? Here’s a good resource!
- Redlining and Food Justice in America 2020.
- Dr. Alkon mentioned Madeline Fairbain’s book on speculative capital food titled Fields of Gold.
- Ellen mentioned Padma Lakshmi’s fantastic new Hulu food documentary series, Taste the Nation, which you can watch here if you have a Hulu subscription.
- Dr. Sbicca recommended the book, Black Food Geographies by Ashante M. Reese.
- Dr. Alkon recommended the organization Barcelona Lab of Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
- Dr Sbicca also mentioned the program Planting Justice in California.