Bastions of white privilege? Reflections on the racialization of alternative food networks

Lockie, Stewart (2013) Bastions of white privilege? Reflections on the racialization of alternative food networks. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 20 (3). pp. 409-418.

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It is something of an accepted truth that alternative food networks (AFNs) are bastions of the affluent middle and upper classes. No one else, it is assumed, could afford the premium prices routinely attached to organic, fair trade and other ethically produced foodstuffs. In Alternative Food Networks: Knowledge, Practice and Politics, David Goodman, Melanie DuPuis and Michael Goodman ask us to think beyond income-based inequality and to consider how a range of other social cleavages may be reflected in and shape AFNs. They argue that race, in particular, has been inadequately problematized both by alternative food movements and by the scholars that study them. Certainly, many have argued that the social standards embedded within various eco-certifications are too weak, allowing, for example, the exploitation of migrant labour on organic farms in the US (e.g. Allen, 2008). But few have looked seriously or critically at the racial composition or dynamics of AFNs. To put it rather crudely, AFNs are not simply the domain of the affluent middle classes, the authors argue, they are the domain of the privileged white middle classes.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
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Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 00:35
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