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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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Eating in the City: Fidel Gastro, Street Performance, and the Right to the City

Eating in the City: Fidel Gastro, Street Performance, and the Right to the City

(p.189) 10 Eating in the City: Fidel Gastro, Street Performance, and the Right to the City
Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice

Edward Whittall

The MIT Press

This chapter applies different concepts of radical street theatre and urban performance in order to theorize the ways in which food trucks form temporary communities in urban spaces through embodied, performative intervention. An ethnographic portrait of one of Toronto’s first and best-known food truck entrepreneurs, Fidel Gastro, is employed to demonstrate the precarious position food trucks hold within the political narratives governing public space in the city of Toronto, and the ambivalence food truck entrepreneurs display toward current configurations of urban market economies. David Harvey’s conception of the right to the city is then critically applied to this scenario in order to argue that food trucks harbor the potential to intervene in dominant urban narratives, allowing urban dwellers to assert the common right to change ourselves by changing our cities.

Keywords:   Food Trucks, Performance and the city, Right to the City, Public Space Interventions, Radical Street Theatre, Common Rights

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