Author

Edwards

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

Keywords

Food sovereignty, local food, urban garden, anthropology, counter hegemony

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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