I've been invited to give a talk at the U of O Department of Sociology's weekly colloquium.
Talk Title: Cultivating sustainability capital: Urban agriculture and eco-gentrification in Portland and Vancouver
Abstract: For many activists and scholars throughout the Global North, urban agriculture (UA) is central to food justice struggles. As new gardens crop up at a furious pace, however, critics from within and outside academia have begun to question who UA serves, raising the alarm about UA’s contribution to gentrification and displacement. Drawing on an ongoing mixed-methods study of UA in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, I illustrate how capitalist valorization of UA occurs unevenly, mediated by land rent, municipal policy, race, class, and the growing predominance of an eco-habitus. Gardens ultimately become sustainability capital in a spatially and temporally variegated manner, undergirding a “sustainability fix” and related processes of eco-gentrification at city- and neighborhood-scales. At the same time, some UA activists are now linking their efforts to broader struggles for social justice; in some cases, their concerns over equity are actually filtering into municipal food and sustainability policies in new and potentially transformative ways.
Here's a link to the event:
If you're in Eugene, come join us!
Date/time: Monday April 17th, 12-1pm
Location: Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Room 714, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Nathan McClintock is a geographer and professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.