Date of Award

6-2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Jon Holtzman

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Spielvogel

Third Advisor

Dr. Bilinda Straight

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Abstract Only

Restricted to Campus until

6-15-2024

Abstract

Food is a means of examining culture, including identity, autonomy and power. It creates relationships and memories between people via shared connections. Through food, I explore local food movements and urban community gardening.

We both ingest and produce garden-grown foods. This movement is often described as simple nostalgia. I suggest that it is a response against heavily processed foods within a system reliant on mass produced food. This desire for ownership pushes community gardens and other counter-hegemonic spaces forward in their goals of using social practice to challenge the established food industry and take control within their own lives.

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