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Black Food Geographies
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Ashante M. Reese is assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College.

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Black Food Geographies illuminates the role of black people as agents in history rather than as passive participants at the whim of sociopolitical and economic forces that sustain racial hierarchies. It reveals their past and present agency in the production of food in everyday life, an often-overlooked area in scholarship on southern agricultural history and the black freedom struggle. . . . [Reese] also speaks to how scholars can bridge the gap between the past and the present to understand the future of black lives.--Journal of Southern History
A formidable and productive contribution to the existing literature. Students, scholars, and practitioners from across the fields of anthropology, geography, food systems, and food studies will derive enormous benefit and gain a crucial toolkit for imagining anti-racist futures from reading this book.--Medical Anthropology Quarterly
As a scholarly work crafted through anthropological methods, Black Food Geographies does not simply outline, critique, and analyze food geographies in D.C. Instead it includes the voices of the residents that create and make productive use of Deanwood's green spaces - introducing the Black lives that make Black spaces matter. . . . [And] brings to the surface histories that are often elided in critical food studies and geography.--Society and Space
In contrast to the barren emptiness implied by the term food desert, Reese also captures the resilience, creativity and dynamism that exist in the historically Black community of Deanwood in Washington, D.C. . . . [And] offers something more complicated and more radical in her telling. Not quick fixes, but imaginative possibilities for a new kind of urban food system - one with liberatory potential.--City

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