Food availability in the heartland: effects of neighborhood race and income composition

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dc.contributor.author Miller, Michael J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-29T21:40:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-29T21:40:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/15115
dc.description.abstract Despite ideals of justice and equality, certain segments of the U.S. population are denied the rights and privileges available to the more affluent. This thesis examines the relationships between 1) neighborhood race and class composition and 2) food availability. We explore the extent to which physical and social isolation affects healthy food availability to groups marginalized by race and class. Specifically, we examine the relationship between residential racial and income composition and the availability of healthy foods. We use census tract data from the 2010 U.S. census and 5-year estimates from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey for Topeka, Kansas. For data on food stores we use InfoUSA, a professionally maintained database that provides detailed information on a variety of businesses. We verify this data with various “on the ground” techniques. We conclude with a discussion of the relevance of this work to the knowledge base regarding food environments in the United States. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Food desert en_US
dc.subject Food insecurity en_US
dc.subject Urban segregation en_US
dc.subject Healthy food en_US
dc.subject Class segregation en_US
dc.subject Race segregation en_US
dc.title Food availability in the heartland: effects of neighborhood race and income composition en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Gerad Middendorf en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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