Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Don Mitchell
Dr. Tom Perreault
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Geography | Human Geography | Nature and Society Relations
The goal of this study was to investigate how alternative food networks exist in Syracuse, what participation in these networks means for the individuals who choose to be involved in them, and what this means for the way that participants conceptualize their class, their consumption patterns, and their community in terms of their personal identity construction. In order to answer this question, the researcher interviewed four participants in alternative food networks in Syracuse, New York. Two of these participants were farmers who served the greater Syracuse area with their CSA farms, and two of the participants were employees of the Central New York Regional Market Authority who ran the Market Authority’s Mobile Market. After conducting four semi-structured hour long interviews with participants, the conclusion was made that participants use their involvement in alternative food networks as a means of expressing and affirming their middle class status. Their class status is expressed as a product of both their consumption and community formation in addition to participation in AFNs. After looking at the data collected from the interviews, it became clear that participant’s reasons for being involved in AFNs include the continued affirmation of their middle class identities.
Abraham, Leanne, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Local Food: Alternative Food Networks in Syracuse, NY and Class Identity Formation" (2013). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 36.
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