Good Food in the City: How Cultural Ideas About Food Shape Street Vending Regulation

You are invited to the UBC Future of Food Dialogue Series: a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across UBC and North America to engage audiences with the Global Food System.

Speaker: Dr. Amy Hanser

Location: MacMillan Building, MCML 342
*Note: room change, new room is MCML 342

Topic: “Good Food in the City: How Cultural Ideas About Food Shape Street Vending Regulation”

Dr. Amy Hanser’s talk will focus on her most recent research project, looking comparatively at the regulation of street commerce in China and North America. In particular, the project looks at the way Chinese cities are attempting to eliminate street vending, whereas some North American cities are embracing “street food” and food carts as emblems of cosmopolitan urbanity.


About Dr. Amy Hanser:

Dr. Amy Hanser is an associate professor at UBC’s Faculty of Sociology. Her research centers on topics such as work, gender, and the cultural aspects of markets, and most of her research has focused on contemporary China. Past research includes a study of service work and class inequality in urban China, published by Stanford University Press as Service Encounters: Class, Gender and the Market for Social Distinction in Urban China (2008). More recent projects examine Chinese consumer goods in North America and food safety and imported milk in China. In a current research project, funded by a SSHRC research grant, she is looking comparatively at the regulation of street commerce in China and North America, and in particular at the way Chinese cities manage and in many cases are attempting to eliminate street vending, whereas (some) North American cities are embracing “street food” and food carts as emblems of cosmopolitan urbanity.

The Future of Food Global Dialogue Series talks are free, with no RSVP required.