'Race, Space, Nature' symposium – papers freely available now

Edited by Rachel Brahinsky (University of San Francisco), Jade Sasser (University of California Riverside) and Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern (Syracuse University), ‘Race, Space, Nature’ will be in print in Antipode 46(5) later this year. Now, though, the paper’s are freely available online: we’ve made them open access until the end of 2014.

It’s a brilliant collection, aiming, in Rachel, Jade and Laura-Anne’s words, to “…contribute to the elimination of inequality. Through an investigation of socio-political intersections between race, space and nature, we argue that the pernicious character traits of racial constructs develop through spatial practices and intersect with ideas about ‘nature’ and belonging. We trace these concepts through recent conversations in geography and environmental studies, and we call for a persistent, critical and prominent engagement with racialization in the spatial social sciences.”

The symposium “…engages these questions from a range of perspectives and across a variety of landscapes. We are hopeful that this work, and the larger body of work it contributes to, travels beyond academic conversations to engage broader social justice debates about the ‘nature’ of racial inequality–to ultimately participate in its dismantlement.”

Race, space and nature: An introduction and critique by Rachel Brahinsky, Jade Sasser and Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern;

Doing justice to bodies? Reflections on food justice, race, and biology by Julie Guthman;

Performing rootedness in the Negev/Naqab: Possibilities and perils of competitive planting by Emily McKee;

Knowing “good food”: Immigrant knowledge and the racial politics of farmworker food insecurity by Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern;

Race, waste, and space: Brownfield redevelopment and environmental justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard by Lindsey Dillon;

Racializing cities, naturalizing space: The seductive appeal of iconicities of dispossession by Uli Linke;

From darkness into light: Race, population, and environmental advocacy by Jade Sasser;

Race and development in southeast San Francisco: Towards a theory of race-class by Rachel Brahinsky; and

Brave new world? Ruminations on race in the twenty-first century by Carolyn Finney.