The other night I introduced my class to the concept of foodmaps. Inspired by Lidia Marte’s work on this topic, we set out to spatially represent our foodways. Where does our food come from? How do we navigate the provisioning options that are available to us? What personal relations are shaped by the way we shop? What do we leave out of these maps? These are just a few of the questions that we asked as we commented on each other’s maps and interviewed each other focusing on provisioning practices.
This is an excellent research and study technique to bring greater spatial awareness to food systems. I would suggest giving it a try.
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I’m doing research as a masters student for an “Anthropology of the Built Environment” class at University College London on urban homesteading on derelict sites in Detroit by young arrivals, and would be interested in getting your advice on potential writers or theorists who are working in this vein. Sorry for leaving this inquiry on an irrelevant post, but I couldn’t find your email address listed on the BU website!