Call for Papers for a Book
Amie Breeze Harper has issued a call for papers for a book on "Race and Class Consciousness: Contradictions, Resolutions, and Reconciliation in the Ethical Consumption and Eco-Sustainability Movements," which she will edit. The abstract deadline is January 1, 2008 and the full chapter deadline is September 1, 2008 with the approximate date of publication in the summer of 2009. She writes:
The alternative foods, ethical consumption, and environmental sustainability movements in the USA, have grown exponentially in the past decade. The fusion of white racialized consciousness, 1st Worldism, and middle/upper class experience drives the formulation of "ethics", "morality", and "sustainability" that the "status quo" dominating these movements espouse. Rarely, if ever, has the status quo of these movements written about how [white] racialized consciousness and class status impact their philosophies and advocacy of animal rights, veganism, fair trade, eco-sustainable living, etc., in the USA. Deeper investigations by academic scholars have found that collectively, this "privileged" demographic tends to view their ethics as "colorblind", thereby passively discouraging reflections on white and class privilege within alternative food movements (Slocum 2006) and animal rights activism (Nagra 2003; Poldervaart 2001). Consequently, academic scholars such as Dr. Rachel Slocum feel that rather than fostering equality, "alternative food practice reproduces white privilege in American society". (Slocum 2006, 13). This oversight deserves critical redress if the goals of these movements are to be globalized and accessible to people of color and low-income people.
For more information contact Amie Breeze Harper.
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