New issue and a video abstract – “These Bars Can’t Hold Us Back: Plowing Incarcerated Geographies with Restorative Food Justice”

Six months in to 2016 and already we’re thinking about our fifth and final issue of this volume!? Antipode 48(5) went to the printers this week, and it contains some remarkable–and remarkably timely–papers, all of which are available now…

Migration, the Urban Periphery, and the Politics of Migrant Lives

Francis Collins

Working for Inclusion? Conditional Cash Transfers, Rural Women, and the Reproduction of Inequality

Tara Patricia Cookson

Subjectification in Times of Indebtedness and Neoliberal/Austerity Urbanism

Cesare Di Feliciantonio

Absent Regions: Spaces of Financialisation in the Arab World

Adam Hanieh

Of Gardens, Hopes and Spirits: Unravelling (Extra)Ordinary Community Economic Arrangements as Sites of Transformation in Cape Town, South Africa

Emma Noëlle Hosking and Marcela Palomino-Schalscha

Broken Windows Policing and Constructions of Space and Crime: Flatbush, Brooklyn

Brian Jordan Jefferson

Lessons from Praxis: Autonomy and Spatiality in Contemporary Latin American Social Movements

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Carceral Space: Prisoners and Animals

Karen Morin

Feminist Forays in the City: Imbalance and Intervention in Urban Research Methods

Brenda Parker

These Bars Can’t Hold Us Back: Plowing Incarcerated Geographies with Restorative Food Justice

Joshua Sbicca

On Narco-coyotaje: Illicit Regimes and Their Impacts on the US-Mexico Border

Jeremy Slack and Howard Campbell

The Agnotology of Eviction in South Lebanon’s Palestinian Gatherings: How Institutional Ambiguity and Deliberate Ignorance Shape Sensitive Spaces

Nora Stel

Strategizing for Autonomy: Whither Durability and Progressiveness?

Shaun Teo

Contesting the Divided City: Arts of Resistance in Skopje

Ophélie Véron

We’re also pleased to present a video abstract from one of our authors, Colorado State University’s Joshua Sbicca. Joshua’s paper, These Bars Can’t Hold Us Back: Plowing Incarcerated Geographies with Restorative Food Justice, explores how food justice activists in the US are devising intervention strategies at the point of re-entry to challenge the current system of mass incarceration. Given high incarceration and recidivism rates, Joshua argues,

…it is urgent that society find ways to prevent people from going (back) to prison. As his paper shows, this requires first identifying the neoliberal rollback of public investments to combat poverty and the criminalisation of low-income communities of colour. It then follows that any political strategies adopted by food justice activists need to focus on working alongside formerly incarcerated people and their communities, particularly during the re-entry process. Armed with community organising, horticultural therapy, and urban agriculture skills it is possible, and perhaps even necessary, for the food justice movement to be both prefigurative and confrontational. That is, dismantling mass incarceration requires simultaneously meeting the immediate needs of formerly incarcerated people and challenging the state at every governing level.

Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State. His work focuses on food politics, social movements, and inequalities. Most recently, he has been investigating how social inequalities intersect with the food system in major metropolitan areas, and the simultaneous ways in which social movements use food to resist and alter power relations. This includes a specific interest in why food movement organisations adopt and/or promote different labour practices and land-use strategies. In addition, his research attends to the economic and social conditions and outcomes of coalition development in the food movement. As well as Antipode, is research has appeared in journals such as Agriculture and Human Values, Critical Sociology, Environmental Justice, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies and Social Movement Studies. You can read more at