Boston's Emerging Solidarity Food Economy: Lessons in Transformational Change
Abstract: A pathway is an analytical lens that describes discourses, theories, and practices that are commonly associated with each other. In food justice, the two dominant pathways are economic development and social welfare. While the two pathways appear at odds with each other, they are a false dichotomy in which the status quo is perpetuated. Using a case study and grounded theory analyses, ... read morethis paper explores how four organizations in Boston, MA are forging an alternative solidarity economy pathway for food justice. Of the four case study organizations explored, all fall into the dominant food justice pathways at various points. However, they also frequently participate in the solidarity economy pathway, thereby revealing that there is an emerging solidarity food economy in Boston. Planners should support programs and organizations from the solidarity economy pathway lens, so as to affect transformational change and avoid the traps of the dominant food justice pathways.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Julian Agyeman.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Urban planning, Economics, and Environmental justice.read less