Sistah vegan : black female vegans speak on food, identity, health, and society : / A. Breeze Harper, editor .

by Harper, A. BreezeLooking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Lantern Books, 2010.Description: xix, 209 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781590561454.Subject(s): Veganism -- United States | Vegetarianism -- United States | African American womenLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-208).
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. By kicking junk-food habits, the more than thirty contributors all show the way toward longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Suffering from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and overweight need not be the way women of color are doomed to be victimized and live out their mature lives. There are healthy alternatives. Sistah Vegan is not about preaching veganism or vegan fundamentalism. Rather, the book is about how a group of black-identified female vegans perceive nutrition, food, ecological sustainability, health and healing, animal rights, parenting, social justice, spirituality, hair care, race, gender-identification, womanism, and liberation that all go against the (refined and bleached) grain of our dysfunctional society. Thought-provoking for the identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices, Sistah Vegan is an in-your-face handbook for our time. It calls upon all of us to make radical changes for the betterment of ourselves, our planet, and--by extension--everyone.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-208).

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Appreciations (p. vii)
  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction: The Birth of the Sistah Vegan Project (p. xiii)
  • 1 Thinking and Eating at the Same Time: Reflections of a Sistah Vegan (p. 1)
  • 2 Veganism and Ecowomanism (p. 8)
  • 3 Social Justice Beliefs and Addiction to Uncompassionate Consumption: Food for Thought (p. 20)
  • 4 On Being Black and Vegan (p. 42)
  • 5 Nutrition Liberation: Plant-based Diets as a Tool for Healing, Resistance, and Self-reliance (p. 47)
  • 6 Young, Black, and Vegan (p. 53)
  • 7 Veganism: Stepping Away from the Status Quo (p. 58)
  • 8 Being a Sistah at PETA (p. 61)
  • 9 Hospital-sponsored Junk Food at a "Healthy" Bike-Riding Event? (p. 65)
  • 10 Black-a-tarian (p. 68)
  • 11 Identity, Freedom, and Veganism (p. 73)
  • 12 Terror (p. 78)
  • 13 Eyes of the Dead (p. 80)
  • 14 I Am Sistah Vegan (p. 82)
  • 15 Gourmet Chef at McD's (p. 84)
  • 16 To Eat or Not to Eat (p. 87)
  • 17 Stop Feeding Me Your Bullsh*t (p. 90)
  • 18 "What You Cooking, Grandma?" (p. 92)
  • 19 The Food and Sex Link (p. 101)
  • 20 Journey to Veganism (p. 110)
  • 21 The Fulfillment of the Movement (p. 123)
  • 22 Ma'at Diet (p. 139)
  • 23 Because They Matter (p. 150)
  • 24 Journey Toward Compassionate Choice: Integrating Vegan and Sistah Experience (p. 155)
  • 25 Veganism and Misconceptions of Thinness as "Normal" and "Healthy": Sistah Vegans Break It Down in Cyberspace (p. 169)
  • Afterword: Liberation as Connection and the Decolonization of Desire (p. 187)
  • Notes (p. 202)
  • About the Contributors (p. 209)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

A. Breeze Harper is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, exploring race, postcolonial, and feminist theories and their use as tools within critical food geographies. She began the Sistah Vegan project as an online forum. Harper lives with her husband and son in California.

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