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Localist Movements in a Global EconomySustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States$
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David J. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012645

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012645.001.0001

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The Challenges of Urban Agriculture

The Challenges of Urban Agriculture

(p.134) (p.135) 5 The Challenges of Urban Agriculture
Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

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This chapter examines literature on agrifood studies, which is generally critical of the reformist aspirations of localism. It explains that agrifood literature provides valuable insights into the challenges of sustainability and social justice that localism as a pathway for change faces. It analyzes case-study materials on urban community gardening and urban nonprofit farms and discusses the sustainability and justice challenges of urban agriculture. The analysis shows that the government-oriented protest politics of variable scale and substantial concern with sustainability and justice issues can be found in this field of localist politics.

Keywords:   agrifood studies, localism, sustainability, social justice, urban community gardening, urban nonprofit farms, protest politics

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