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A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City

Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca


From upscale restaurants to community gardens, food often reflects shifts in taste that are emblematic of gentrification. The prestige that food retail and urban agriculture can lend to a neighborhood helps to increase property values, fostering the displacement of long-term residents while shifting local culture to create new inclusions and exclusions. And yet, many activists who oppose this dynamic have found food both a powerful symbol and an important tool through which to fight against it at scales ranging from individual consumption to state and national policy. The book argues that food ... More

Keywords: food gentrification, displacement, urban agriculture, food retail, taste, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479834433
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479834433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Hope Alkon, editor
University of the Pacific

Yuki Kato, editor
Georgetown University

Joshua Sbicca, editor
Colorado State University

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Front Matter


Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca

Part I Dining Downtown: Food Retail and Urban Development

1 The Taste of Gentrification

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J. Bosco

Part II Ripe for Growth: Alternative Food Systems

5 From the Holy Trinity to Microgreens

Pamela Arnette Broom and Yuki Kato

6 The Cost of Low-Hanging Fruit?

Emily Becker and Nathan McClintock

Part III Uneven Alliances: Contesting Gentrification from Within and Without

8 Diverse Politics, Difficult Contradictions

Michelle Glowa and Antonio Roman-Alcalá

10 “You Can’t Evict Community Power”

Alison Hope Alkon, Yahya Josh Cadji, and Frances Moore

Part IV Growing Resistance: Community-Based Strategies

11 Community Gardens and Gentrification in New York City

Justin Sean Myers, Prita Lal, and Sofya Aptekar

12 No Se Vende

Brooke Havlik

14 Citified Sovereignty

Analena Hope Hassberg

A Conflicted Conclusion

Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca