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Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society

Edited By Carlnita P. Greene

Foodscapes explores the nexus of food, drink, space, and place, both locally and globally. Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary in scope, scholars consider the manifold experiences that we have when engaging with food, drink, space, and place. They offer a wide array of theories, methods, and perspectives, which can be used as lenses for analyzing these interconnections, throughout each chapter. Scholars interrogate our practices and behaviors with food within spaces and places, analyze the meanings that we create about these entities, and demonstrate their wider cultural, political, social, economic, and material implications.

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Introduction: Mapping the Contemporary Foodscape—Intersections Between Food, Space and Place (Carlnita P. Greene)


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Introduction: Mapping the Contemporary Foodscape—Intersections Between Food, Space and Place


Ranging from public markets and urban agriculture to food carts and food apps, today, the convergence between food, space, and place almost is taken for granted because it is such an ordinary facet of daily life. Increasingly, our contemporary identities are intrinsically linked to the food that we eat and to the spaces and places that we inhabit in a globalized world. Indeed, as Anne Marie Todd suggests, in “Eating the View: Environmental Aesthetics, National Identity, and Food Activism,” “…food is an environmental symbol, because it represents humanity’s fundamental relationship with the natural environment.”1 Yet, despite both a mounting awareness of food’s connection to the natural world, and a profusion of food throughout diverse locations, there is still a need to further analyze its relationship to space and place.

In “You Are What You Environmentally, Politically, Socially, and Economically Eat: Delivering the Sustainable Farm and Food Message,” Ruth Katz reveals, “Now ‘what you eat’ has come to mean all the environmental, political, social justice, economic, and finally nutritional layers represented by any given piece of food.”2 Correspondingly, in “The Geography of Food,” Derek Shanahan claims, “Food is inherently geographic. Food comes from somewhere. Different foods are associated with different groups of people. And such cultural identities are usually place-based.”3 Therefore, paralleling our relationships with food, places not only affect our behaviors...

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