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“Making The Invisible, Visible: Comparing California and EU Response to Crescive Environmental and Health Risks”

Beamish was awarded summer research support to continue a fruitful comparative research collaboration with French colleagues at the Groupe de Sociologie Pragmatique et Réflexive. The comparative research program takes California and the EU as its points of focus, comparing societal level responses to crescive risks in order to provide a cross-national look at the way regulators and experts similarly and differently deploy their expertise and regulatory tools and models to ad- dress emerging environmental and health issues. The research collaboration explores the central questions of how regulatory regimes in California and the EU appre- hend environmental and health risks and have respond- ed to them and how civil societal groups and institutions as represented by residents, protest groups, social elites, and the media in California and the EU have responded to environmental and health risks.


“California Soul: Narratives of Food, Power, and Place in Post-Civil Rights Oakland”

The California Cultures Initiative (CCI) works to enhance the connection of humanities research and

scholars at UC Davis to their surrounding region, defined broadly to include areas or sites within the state, as well as state-wide geographies and broader regional understandings. In 2011-12, CCI introduced two new programs of individual research funding: summer research support of up to $5000 for fac- ulty and $1000 for graduate students, and course development grants of up to $1000 for faculty.

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Nettles-Barcelón received summer research funds in support of her book project, California Soul, in which, according to her proposal, she “constructs the history of a place and a people through the stories they tell about food – growing, buying and selling, as well as cooking and eating. The project focuses on the ideological and material struggles around food in Oakland, California by examining the interrelations amongst three key food moments: the ‘Free Breakfast’ and ‘Food Giveaway’ pro- grams of the late 1960s, the current community food security movement, and the burgeoning renaissance of ‘soul food’ restaurants.”

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