Author

AJ Bisesi

Defense Date

11-12-2015

Graduation Date

2015

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Michael Irwin

Committee Member

Moni McIntyre

Keywords

Community mobilization, Eating-out behavior, Food Environment, Food Justice, Food Justice Frame, Prepared Food

Abstract

This case study examines the effectiveness of developing and applying a "food justice frame" as a mobilization tool to promote an equitable Eating-out Food Environment (EOFE) in an urban neighborhood of Pittsburgh. A mixed-methods approach was taken to gather material and perception data, culminating in a community action meeting to generate interventions. Findings show that a five-dimensional definition of access is appropriate and effective. The dimensions of accessibility and affordability were less important factors of eating-out behavior (EOB) than the other three dimensions (availability, acceptability, accommodation). Findings also show that the methods used addressed the concerns of both food access and food sovereignty, which are the primary components of the Food Justice Movement (FJM). Additionally, an effective food justice frame was organically realized through the research process. This frame cradled the community action meeting, equalizing various forms of power, generating acceptable and desirable interventions, and empowering participants to take ownership over their EOFE.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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