Tangled Routes

Author: Deborah Barndt
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc

Barndt provides a rare synthesis of academic scholarship with an eminently accessible presentation of a social activist. Her writing style and liberal use of photographs are unusual in an academic work, yet Barndt's scholarly credentials are strong. Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

Tangled Routes has much to offer a feminist classroom. The flexibility of Barndt’s chosen methodology allows her to focus on one product within the entire process of getting the product from the field to the table. The magnitude of the project―globalization from above and from below―also suggests that qualitative research can be a laborious and painstaking process. It is an example for students to learn how the scope of a project may inhibit an in-depth analysis of a particular feature if there are many other different and complex parts to examine. Instructors may also explore other possible themes to use in their classrooms, such as women and work, social oppression, or cultural/corporate hegemony. Barndt’s thoroughness in explaining occurrences within the food system as well as the stories of individuals directly or indirectly involved with the process, discloses an array of ideologies embedded within the global food system. Unveiling these social beliefs can elicit thought-provoking classroom conversations, allowing for rich analyses of the intersections taking place along the tomato trail. (Feminist Teacher)

In this extensively-researched book, Deborah Barndt shines a spotlight on the 'corporate tomato.' . . . An extensive index makes this an essential addition to the libraries of people concerned with justice. (Horizons: The Magazine of Presbyterian Women)