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Abstract: This paper first weaves together discourses on the food crisis, land
control, power, and the political economies of accumulation through dispossession. With
this context and through the lens of food and land sovereignty, it explores the
institutionalization of food movement projects into municipal frameworks. This research
questions whether or not increasing processes of institutionalization ... read moreengender the kind of
structural transformation sought by food movement actors. It draws on urban
agriculture-based land disputes in Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia, to illustrate the
implications of these forms of institutionalization. Finally, it proposes a set of
strategies that if employed in the American urban context has potential to redistribute
land and aid in shifting power structures in society.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: Julian Agyeman.
Keywords: Social structure, Public policy, and Agriculture.read less