ERIC Number: EJ914704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
At the Garden Gate: Community Building through Food--Revisiting the Critique of "Food, Folk and Fun" in Multicultural Education
Richardson, Troy A.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v43 n1 p107-123 Mar 2011
This essay takes up a re-evaluation of the ossified view of food events that have circulated in the canonical texts of multicultural education. While agreeing with the critique by progressive multiculturalists against a "touristic" approach to diversity, the author argues that such a conception of food-centered events in schools has obscured how such activities can foster multi-ethnic and multicultural community building. By looking at popular discourses such as newspapers which describe school gardens in particular, the author identifies how school-community partnerships centered on food are developing in multi-ethnic contexts to promote progressive ideals such as volunteerism, civic engagement and environmental awareness.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Food, Gardening, Citizen Participation, Environmental Education, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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