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Black Food GeographiesRace, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.$
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Ashanté M. Reese

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651507

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651507.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Black Food, Black Space, Black Agency

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Black Food Geographies
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Ashanté M. Reese

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651507.003.0001

This chapter reviews the literature on racism in the food system and demonstrates how theories of anti-blackness help to further frame contemporary food access inequities in cities. Building on literature from scholars who have framed self-reliance in the Black experience, the chapter also outlines “geographies of self-reliance,” a framework for understanding how self-reliance is not simply ideological but also becomes a spatial mechanism. Lastly, the chapter offers “quiet food refusals”—the types of food work and decisions being made outside the public gaze—to make a case for paying attention to the everyday ways Black residents are navigating the unequal food system.

Keywords:   Racism, Food System, Anti-Blackness, Self-Reliance, Food Access

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