Dr. Jan Carpenter presented at the Association of Middle Level Education national conference in Minneapolis in November 2013.
Elohi Gadugi Journal is a project of Elohi Gadugi, and The Habit of Rainy Nights Press. Their mission is to provide venues for the work of struggling writers and artists who use language as a primary aspect of their art; to promote narratives of social and environmental responsibility, and intercultural understanding; and to support the works by or about indigenous Americans, and other marginalized groups in the contemporary literary world.
An excerpt from Food, Sex and Sustainability:
Is the so called food revolution really a liberal, feel good, mostly elitist movement? Is buying organic, or dutifully recycling, or going to farmer's markets more about feeling good about oneself than it is about engaging in a political movement that affirms radical change? And, finally, and more controversial, is not the sentiment that authentic radical change has to begin with the individual him or herself, one vote at a time or one consumer at a time, not an ideological corollary to a consumer society that empowers that subject by way of the illusion of choice? This paper begins with a gesture of incredulousness that is reminiscent of St. Paul and Karl Marx; namely, how can so many well intentioned people be so profoundly duped? How can we not see that behind the immediate gratification of our virtuous little sacrifices lies the material conditions of productive forces whose utter dependency on the social relations that it creates is essential to its survival – and that, consequently, the only way out of this interlocked relation is an economic and political intervention that registers something like a real revolution?