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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social JusticeFrom Loncheras to Lobsta Love$
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Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036573

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036573.001.0001

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To Serve and to Protect: Food Trucks and Food Safety in a Transforming Los Angeles

To Serve and to Protect: Food Trucks and Food Safety in a Transforming Los Angeles

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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice
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Mark Vallianatos

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036573.003.0004

This chapter explores the evolution of food trucks and food safety regulations for these vehicles in the Los Angeles region between WW2 and the present. It shows how food trucks have reacted to and influenced the region’s industrialization and deindustrialization, and how food trucks became more informal and public as immigration made Los Angeles a majority non-white metropolis. In considering how food safety changed as operators began cooking on board trucks, the chapter examines how safety rules can both protect the public and reflect social norms of legitimacy around identity and public space.

Keywords:   food trucks, mobile vending, food safety, Los Angeles, taco trucks, catering trucks

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