BLACK FOOD GEOGRAPHIES
Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.
2020 Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology
2020 Association for the Study of Food and Society Book Award
Black Food Geographies is an ethnographically and theoretically rich text that counters narratives of Black dependence and passivity. Reese presents a long history of self-reliance manifested as a value and practice that waxes and wanes in a neighborhood that continues to respond to shifting national trends and structural constraints, and one in which notions of the “self” are understood as both individual and communal.
This book should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand how anti-black racism and food insecurity are coproduced in the United States. Reese’s text is deeply embedded in black food experiences, but her intersectional approach to understanding power and refusal would likely be important for making sense of food apartheid and health disparities among other systematically marginalized and racialized groups, both within the United States and transnationally (e.g., immigrants of precarious or undocumented status, refugees, low income women of color, working-class families).