It’s confirmed! A chapter based on my dissertation will be included in the forthcoming book, Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries. The volume is expected to be published in fall 2019.
Based on a participatory project carried out from 2012-2017, the chapter is “(Re)Visiting the Corner Store: Black Youth, Gentrification, and Food Sovereignty”. In the piece, I approach corner stores from a Black geographies perspective.
Healthy food access continues to be an emphasis of food policy, research, and activism on a global scale. In the United States, corner store initiatives often target where Black and Latinx populations reside. But a focus on nutrition alone can deflect attention from context, including race and racism, gentrification, and place-making.
In the chapter, I visit three corner stores with African-American and Afro-Latinx (Afro-Latino) youth in a gentrifying Austin, Texas neighborhood. Throughout, I ask how corner store research can support not just food access but food sovereignty.** The chapter highlights transformative marketplace initiatives taking place in Austin and beyond, while lifting up possibilities for future corner store research and practice.
As a practitioner-scholar committed to social justice and Black wellbeing, I’m intentional about where I publish. I choose on-line and print spaces that bridge practice, research, and activism.
The Race in the Marketplace book reflects the mission and momentum of RIM, the Race in the Marketplace Network. As a member since 2017, I appreciate RIM’s explicit and intersectional approach to racism, along with its transdisciplinary and international scope.
Stay tuned for publication updates! – Naya