Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Andrew Carter



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

Craig Stewart

Committee Member

Amanda Young

Committee Member

Garrett Broad

Committee Member

Antonio de Velasco


This dissertation explores both the complexities and transformative potential of Good Food networks to contribute to more just and sustainable food practices. By comparing two farmers markets with distinct cultural histories in Memphis, Tennessee, I examine how narratives of Good Food are constructed against the larger backdrop of the citys racial, social and cultural legacy and food economy, and how those narratives map onto the citys current socio-spatial construction. Employing Scollon and Scollons (2004) nexus analysis theoretical and methodological framework, I analyze both macro-level structures that shape local food systems (e.g. access to farmers markets) and micro-level structures that shape how residents make food choices. Using in-depth interviews (n=30) and participant observation, I explored the hegemonic roles, routines and performances at each market to learn to what degree individual social actions were influenced by larger-scale discourses. This dissertation builds upon existing health communication scholarship that highlights the links between social determinants of health and health disparities, while also branching into new territories by interrogating taken-for-granted assumptions and understandings in dominant frameworks on health and nutrition.


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