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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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Black Food, Black Space, Black Agency

(p.1) Introduction
Black Food Geographies

Ashanté M. Reese

University of North Carolina Press

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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