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ISBN-10: 0295749288
ISBN-13: 9780295749280
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publish Date: 10/05/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.90" H

The $16 Taco: Contested Geographies of Food, Ethnicity, and Gentrification

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Overview

Having “discovered” the flavors of barbacoa, bibimbap, bánh mi, sambusas, and pupusas, white middle-class eaters are increasingly venturing into historically segregated neighborhoods in search of “authentic” eateries run by–and for–immigrants and people of color. Fueled by media attention and capitalized on by developers, this interest in “ethnic” food and places contributes to gentrification, and the very people who produced these vibrant foodscapes are increasingly excluded from them.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork, geographer Pascale Joassart-Marcelli traces the transformation of three urban San Diego neighborhoods whose foodscapes are shifting from serving the needs of longtime minoritized residents who face limited food access to pleasing the tastes of wealthier and whiter newcomers. The $16 Taco illustrates how food can both emplace and displace immigrants, shedding light on the larger process of gentrification and the emotional, cultural, economic, and physical displacement it produces. It also highlights the contested food geographies of immigrants and people of color by documenting their contributions to the cultural food economy and everyday struggles to reclaim ethnic foodscapes and lead flourishing and hunger-free lives. Joassart-Marcelli offers valuable lessons for cities where food-related development projects transform neighborhoods at the expense of the communities they claim to celebrate.

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"Joassart-Marcelli explores high-level theories about race, ethnicity, economics, systemic racism, and other factors that shape the food system, and then situates those theories within the city of San Diego... And part of the power of this book comes from the reality that every city is home to the same kinds of stories that Joassart-Marcelli uncovered in San Diego."–Civil Eats

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Details

ISBN-10: 0295749288
ISBN-13: 9780295749280
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publish Date: 10/05/2021
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.90" H
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