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SOC212: Sociology of Social Problems (Avedikian - Online Sections): Home

Overview of useful resources plus some handy tips and how-to's for your semester research project.


Welcome to the Research Guide for SOC212: Sociology of Social Problems.  Information in each of the pages above will support you through the various stages of your semester research paper.  BCC Librarians are available to assist if you have any questions!

Sociology of Social Problems: Food "deserts" in a land of plenty?

"Food deserts" is a term given to communities with limited access to nutritious, affordable food, and are found in both urban and rural neighborhoods. According to the Let's Move public health campaign, launched during the Obama administration and led by First Lady Michelle Obama, "more than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than a mile away from a supermarket" (Healthy Communities). Power (2004) reported that "structural, economic, and social barriers limit healthy food access and create food deserts. Understanding how these... total food environments function is useful in grasping the dynamics and interactions of “collective” and “individual.” The study of health inequalities and cultural aspects of food will allow for greater understanding of healthy eating and food practices, thus facilitating the amelioration of increasing rates of chronic illness" (as cited in Boehm & Boehm).

Boehm, M. L., & Boehm, C. M. (2014). Foodscape. In S. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity and social justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from

Let's Move: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids. (n.d.) Healthy communities. Retrieved from

Image Source: USDA Economic Research Service. (2017) Food access research atlas. Retrieved from