Wayne Roberts

How Toronto’s Community Gardens and Food Centres Can Challenge the Status Quo

By Robert Wayne

It’s time for utopians to get real, a leading American sociologist told 800 academics from around the world in a keynote address to the World Congress of Rural Sociology hosted by Ryerson University last week.

With his unruly hair and beyond-casual clothes, Erik Olin Wright looks the part of the woolly-headed academic. 

But for the past 20 years, he’s used his perch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to lecture social critics on the need to move from protest to alternatives and work up some “clear-headed and viable alternatives that take seriously the problem of practical design.”

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