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KCET LOS ANGELES

When most people think about food access, they associate it with the presence of or lack of full-service grocery stores. This is an important indicator of access to food. However, it only tells us part of the important story of what food access means in the United States.  Here are 5 things you should know.

AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN VALUES

Although some have called COVID-19 “the great equalizer,” recent data from the CDC shows that Black, Latinx, and Native American people become infected and die more often than whites. Some medical experts argue that Americans’ diet-related health conditions make us uniquely and unequally vulnerable. This article uses a food justice perspective to interrogate this claim, which examines how racial capitalism affects the production, distribution and consumption of food.

CONTEXTS: SOCIOLOGY FOR THE PUBLIC
 

In the midst of the COVID-19 global crisis, we are witnessing deep and sudden disruptions to our global food system that are sending producers, laborers, and consumers into a tailspin. Here are three realities of the food system that the coronavirus crisis exposes.

WORK AND OCCUPATIONS: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY JOURNAL

Drawing from a unique dataset based on 146 in-depth, semistructured interviews with a nonrandom sample of ethnoracially and class diverse workers at one large public sector employer, the authors link job contacts’ patterns of assistance to three distinct cultural logics of job-matching assistance—defensive individualism, particularism, and matchmaking—which differed along three dimensions: (a) the primary criteria upon which help was contingent, (b) the perceived risk faced, and (c) the screening practices contacts used. These findings contribute to a small but growing body of research highlighting the cultural logics that inform where, how much, and to whom job information and influence flows.