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In the last three decades of the twentieth century, government cutbacks, stagnating wages, AIDS, and gentrification pushed ever more people into poverty, and hunger reached levels unseen since the Depression. In response, New Yorkers set the stage for a nationwide food justice movement. Whether organizing school lunch campaigns, establishing food co-ops, or lobbying city officials, citizen-activists made food a political issue, uniting communities across lines of difference. The charismatic, usually female leaders of these efforts were often products of earlier movements: American communism, civil rights activism, feminism, even Eastern mysticism. Situating food justice within these rich lineages, Lana Dee Povitz demonstrates how grassroots activism continued to thrive, even as it was transformed by unrelenting erosion of the country's already fragile social safety net.

Using dozens of new oral histories and archives, Povitz reveals the colorful characters who worked behind the scenes to build and sustain the movement, and illuminates how people worked together to overturn hierarchies rooted in class and race, reorienting the history of food activism as a community-based response to austerity. The first book-length history of food activism in a major American city, Stirrings highlights the emotional, intimate, and interpersonal aspects of social movement culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations in the Text
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. A Taste of What It Takes: United Bronx Parents, School Lunch, and the Struggle for Community Control
  2. pp. 26-54
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  1. 2. Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: United Bronx Parents and New York City’s First Free Summer Meals Program
  2. pp. 55-86
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  1. 3. Life Is with People: Community and Cooperation in the Park Slope Food Coop
  2. pp. 87-125
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  1. 4. Better to Light a Candle: Ganga Stone and the Joy of Service at God’s Love We Deliver
  2. pp. 126-170
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  1. 5. If You Know Somebody, Call Them Up: Food Advocacy and the Beginning of the Community Food Resource Center
  2. pp. 171-197
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  1. 6. Perhaps Our Brightness Blinds: Service Provision and the Community Food Resource Center
  2. pp. 198-239
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 240-244
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Methodological Note: On Deep Acquaintance
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-300
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-326
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469653037
Related ISBN
9781469653013
MARC Record
OCLC
1114289830
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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