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Beyond the Kale

Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City

Nevin Cohen (author) Kristin Reynolds (author)

ISBN: 9780820349497

Publication Date: May 2016

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change. Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City's most prominent urban agriculture activists, the authors illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners use their activities to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity.
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Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture–fresh food, green space, educational opportunities–can mask structural inequities,thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.

Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City's most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of colour and women–activists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movement–and it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives.
Illustrations 10 black & white photographs
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2016
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Series Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
Subject/s Agriculture & related industries   Food & society   Population & demography  
Nevin Cohen is an associate professor at the CUNY School of Public Health, USA.

Kristin Reynolds is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems and part-time lecturer in Environmental Studies and Food Studies at The New School.

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