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Regeneration, Citizenship, and Justice in the American City since the 1970s


Aneta Dybska

This book investigates post-industrial American cities as sites of struggle where political identities are mobilized and new modes of citizenship are articulated. This interdisciplinary analysis gleans insights from anthropology, literary criticism, cultural studies, geography, political philosophy, and urban studies. Drawing on scholarly, journalistic, essayistic, and fictional texts, the author examines the linkages between urban regeneration policies, citizenship, and social justice in the neoliberal city. She foregrounds grassroots and official strategies of community building, civic revival and democratic governance, as well as the right to the city, localism, and sustainability as key discourses and practices of re-configuring and re-inhabiting the urban.

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Chapter Eight Sustainability, Food Justice, and Locavore Ethics


The wheels of the market forces that upscale our neighborhoods are greased by our own tastes—for imported cheese, cool boutiques and locally grown tomatoes.

—Sharon Zukin, Naked City, p. 121

In his 1924 The Story of Canned Goods, American historian James H. Collins touted the nation’s spirit of inventiveness that revealed itself in large-scale industrial production of automobiles and canned food. Neither of them a luxury yet each of them was inherent in the American way of life. This is how Collins extolled the nation’s democratic access to processed food:

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