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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice
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Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love

Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel


The urban foodscape is changing, rapidly. Fish tacos, vegan cupcakes, gourmet pizzas, and barbeque ribs, and all served from the confines of cramped, idling, and often garishly painted trucks. These food trucks, part of a wider phenomenon of street food vending, while common in the global South, are becoming increasingly common sights in many cities, towns, and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Within the past few years, urban dwellers of all walks have flocked to these new businesses on wheels to get their fix of food that is inventive, authentic, and often inexpensive. In ... More

Keywords: Food trucks, Street vending regulation, Social justice, Cultural identity, Right to the city, City branding, Entrepreneurship, Immigration, Spatial practices, Gentrification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036573
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Agyeman, editor
Tufts University

Caitlin Matthews, editor
Tufts University

Hannah Sobel, editor
Tufts University

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1 Introduction

Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel

I Democratic vs. Regulatory Practices

5 Stuck in Park: New York City’s War on Food Trucks

Sean Basinski, Matthew Shapiro, and Alfonso Morales

II Spatial-Cultural Practices


Julian Agyeman, Caitlin Matthews, and Hannah Sobel

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