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Convergence in diversity: New York City school food and the future of the Food Movement

Ashe, Leah M. and Sonnino, Roberta 2013. Convergence in diversity: New York City school food and the future of the Food Movement. International Planning Studies 18 (1) , pp. 61-77. 10.1080/13563475.2013.750937

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In the context of a global food system that has given rise to widespread concerns for food security and sustainability, reformative efforts have emerged, expanded and multiplied worldwide. To enhance understanding of the multi-faceted nature of this food movement and its scope for convergence and consolidation, in this article we propose frame alignment and alliance-building as a theoretical and analytical framework. Using New York City as a case study, we explore how school food reform may act as a particularly powerful platform for coalescing the interests and goals of diverse food system actors. We conclude with a call to interrogate school food and other reform activities with specific attention to the opportunities they pose for finding ‘convergence in diversity’ — in other words, for aligning the diverse and often fragmented efforts of the ‘food movement’ around an integrated and shared agenda with heightened potential for impact.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-3475
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05

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