Joshua Sbicca is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. His work focuses on food politics, social movements, and inequalities. Most recently, he has been investigating how social inequalities intersect with the food system in major metropolitan areas, and the simultaneous ways in which social movements use food to resist and alter power relations. This includes a specific interest in why food movement organizations adopt and/or promote different labor practices and land use strategies. In addition, his research attends to the economic and social conditions and outcomes of coalition development in the food movement.
His first book, Food Justice Now!: Inequality and the Expanding Politics of Social Struggle (Under Contract, University of Minnesota Press), combines ethnography, case study, and historical comparative methods into a study of food movements and urban food politics in California. The book advances a dialectical analysis of how social inequalities obstruct actualizing food justice and reflect historical conjunctures that produce an array of social struggles. A focus on how food intersects with the prison industrial complex, immigration, and labor conditions shows why food movements are expanding their food politics to resolve the contradiction between inequitable social conditions and their longings for social justice.
His research has appeared in journals such as Agriculture and Human Values, Antipode, Critical Sociology, Environmental Justice, Environmental Politics, Environmental Sociology, Geoforum, Journal of Rural Studies and Social Movement Studies.
Ph.D., University of Florida
Sbicca, J and J.S. Myers. 2016. “Food Justice Racial Projects: Fighting Racial Neoliberalism from the Bay to the Big Apple.” Environmental Sociology. 3(1): 30-41 Access article.
Sbicca, J. 2016. “These Bars Can’t Hold Us Back: Plowing Incarcerated Geographies with Restorative Food Justice.” Antipode. 48(5): 1359-1379 . Access article
Sbicca, J. 2015. “Solidarity and Sweat Equity: For Reciprocal Food Justice Research.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5(4): 1-5. Access article
Sbicca, J. 2015. “Farming while confronting the other: The production and maintenance of boundaries in the borderlands.” Journal of Rural Studies. 39: 1-10. Access article
Myers, J.S. and J. Sbicca. 2015. “Bridging good food and good jobs: From secession to confrontation within alternative food movement politics.” Geoforum. 61: 17-26. Access article
Sbicca, J. 2015. “Food Labor, Economic Inequality and the Imperfect Politics of Process in the Alternative Food Movement.” Agriculture and Human Values. 32(4): 675-687. Access article
Sbicca, J. 2014. “The Need to Feed: Urban Metabolic Struggles of Actually Existing Radical Projects.” Critical Sociology. (40)6: 817-834. Access article
Sbicca, J. 2012. “Growing food justice by planting an anti-oppression foundation: opportunities and obstacles for a budding social movement.” Agriculture and Human Values. 29(4): 455-466. Access article
SOC 105: Social Problems
SOC 324: Food Justice
SOC 364: Agriculture and Global Society
SOC 474: Social Movements and Collective Behavior
SOC 562: Sociology of Food Systems and Agriculture