Navigating Urban Agroecology with the Social Sciences: Reflexivity

Authors: Renata Blumberg*, Montclair State University, Evan Bowness, University of British Columbia, Jennifer Nicklay, University of Minnesota, Alex Liebman, Rutgers University, Valentine Cadieux, Hamline University
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Food Systems, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: critical praxis, urban agroecologies, reflexivity, critical agrarian studies, feminisms
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
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Drawing on our recent chapter on urban agroecological methods (Bowness et al 2020), our contribution to the video lexicon illustrates community geography as a critical research praxis, focusing in on reflexivity. We open with a brief definition of reflexivity within a critical research praxis, pointing to what we call different ‘fields’ for reflexive analysis in urban agroecological research (literal fields, fieldwork, and fields of knowledge). We follow with short examples of reflexivity within specific research contexts. We conclude our video with a brief synthetic summary of the examples, highlighting how reflexivity can be expanded upon and put into practice.

reference:
Bowness, E. Nicklay, J., Liebman, A., Cadieux, V, and Blumberg, R. (In Press). “Navigating Urban Agroecology with the Social Sciences.” In Egerer, M., Cohen, H (Eds.) Interdisciplinary Research in Urban Agroecology. CRC Press. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429290992/chapters/10.1201/9780429290992-13

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