Urban Agriculture in the food-disabling city: (Re)defining urban food justice, reimagining a politics of empowerment

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Abstract

Recent literature has pointed to the role of urban agriculture in self-empowerment and learning, and in constituting ways to achieve food justice. Building on this work the paper looks at the potential and constraints for overcoming the residual and contingent status of urban agriculture. The first part of the paper aims to expand traditional class/race/ethnicity discussions and to reflect on global, cultural, procedural, capability, distributional and socio-environmental forms of injustice that unfold in the different stages of urban food production. The second part reflects on how to bring forward food justice and build a politics of engagement, capability and empowerment. Three interlinked strategies for action are presented: i) enhancing the reflexivity and cohesion of the urban food movement by articulating a challenge to neoliberal urbanism; ii) converging urban and agrarian food justice struggles by shaping urban agroecology and iii) regaining control over social reproduction by engaging with food commoning.

Publisher Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tornaghi, C 2016, 'Urban Agriculture in the food-disabling city: (Re)defining urban food justice, reimagining a politics of empowerment' Antipode, vol 49, no. 3, pp. 781-801, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12291 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)781-801
Number of pages21
JournalAntipode
Volume49
Issue number3
Early online date8 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • urban agriculture
  • food justice
  • food sovereignty
  • alternative urbanism
  • urban commons
  • gardening
  • urban agroecology

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