Anti‐racist Practice and the Work of Community Food Organizations

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Abstract:

Whiteness enables the coherence of an alliance organized to promote community food security and sustainable farming. This unnamed presence shapes a discourse identifying the focus of struggle as well as resource allocation, conference form and content, list serv discussions, staffing and programming. Unacknowledged white privilege gives the lie to the movement's rhetoric of justice, good intentions and sustainability. And yet it is clear that racism is an organizing process in the food system: people of color disproportionately experience food insecurity, lose their farms and face the dangerous work of food processing and agricultural labor. Critical analyses of social movements argue that a failure to confront difference undermines progressive change efforts. The paper provides evidence of how the community food movement reproduces white privilege and proposes ways it might engage with anti‐racism.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2006.00582.x

Affiliations: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Saint Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN, USA;, Email: rachel_slocum@hotmail.com

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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