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Food Justice in US and Global Contexts

Bringing Theory and Practice Together

  • Ian Werkheiser
  • Zachary Piso


  • Brings together scholars, policy makers and activists to discuss and model transdisciplinary collaboration in the context of food justice

  • The first book to offer serious scholarship on the complex topic of food justice as well as practical examples of work in the area

  • Presents contributions that emerged from a series of workshops on food justice held at Michigan State University between 2013 and 2015


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Food Justice in a Global Context

  3. Food Justice and the Built Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Lisa Oliver King
      Pages 85-87
    3. Sarah Riggs Stapleton, Person Cole, Melissa Washburn, Matt Jason, Tawny Alvarado
      Pages 129-140
  4. Food Justice and Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Mallory Cochrane
      Pages 161-163
    3. Paul B. Thompson
      Pages 165-170
    4. Avi Brisman, Nigel South
      Pages 185-200

About this book


This book offers fresh perspectives on issues of food justice. The chapters emerged from a series of annual workshops on food justice held at Michigan State University between 2013 and 2015, which brought together a wide variety of interested people to learn from and work with each other. Food justice can be studied from such diverse perspectives as philosophy, anthropology, economics, gender and sexuality studies, geography, history, literary criticism, philosophy and sociology as well as the human dimensions of agricultural and environmental sciences. As such, interdisciplinary workshops are a much-needed vehicle to improve our understanding of the subject, which is at the center of a vibrant and growing discourse not only among academics from a wide range of disciplines but also among policy makers and community activists. The book includes their perspectives, offering a wide range of approaches to and conceptions of food justice in a variety of contexts. This invaluable work requires readers to cross boundaries and be open to new ideas based on different assumptions.


Food Justice Food Sovereignty Food Law Non-Human Animals Urban Food Systems Fish Consumption Advocacy in Agriculture Halal Butchering Hunting and Ethics Gleaning Healthy Food on Wheels Urban Agricultural Initiatives Alternative Agriculture Food Justice in a Global Context

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Werkheiser
    • 1
  • Zachary Piso
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Texas Rio Grande Valley EdinburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyMichigan State University MichiganUSA

About the editors

Ian Werkheiser is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). His work focuses on communities facing problems in their environment and food systems in a context of social and political marginalization or oppression. Prior to joining UTRGV, Ian was a founder and coordinator for the Center for Regional Food Systems’ Food Justice and Sovereignty Workgroup at Michigan State University. He has also helped organize several conferences, including Everybody Eats: Cultivating Food Democracy, a community-based conference on Michigan food issues, and the first ever Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition Statewide Summit.

Zachary Piso is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. Along with Ian Werkheiser, he organized the first four annual Workshops on Food Justice, where this volume and its chapters were conceived and developed. Zach is a transdisciplinary environmental ethicist who works with scien

tists and stakeholders to explore the values that inform environmental science, management, and policy. He is particularly focused on questions of justice that arise through the use of the social sciences to understand and manage ecosystems.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Food Justice in US and Global Contexts
  • Book Subtitle Bringing Theory and Practice Together
  • Editors Ian Werkheiser
    Zachary Piso
  • Series Title The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Library of Environm.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-57173-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86096-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-57174-4
  • Series ISSN 1570-3010
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1737
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 319
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agricultural Ethics
    Public Health
    Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning
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