Families and Food in Hard Times: European Comparative Research (Paperback)

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An examination of food poverty in austerity-era Europe.

Food is fundamental, yet food poverty has increased in the Global North. Adopting a comparative case approach, Food and Families in Hard Times addresses the global problem of economic retrenchment and the burden it places on the most vulnerable. This timely book examines food poverty in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Norway following the 2008 financial crisis, examining the resources available to families in relation to the intersection of public policies, local institutions, and kinship networks. The book explores the ways that low income impacts household food provisioning, formal and informal support for struggling families, the provision and role of school meals, and constraints upon families’ social participation. Drawing upon extensive and intensive knowledge on the conditions and experiences of low-income families, the book also draws upon current research in European social science literature to shed light on the causes and consequences of food poverty in austerity-era Europe.
 

About the Author


Rebecca O’Connell is a reader in the sociology of food and families in the Institute of Education at University College London. Her books include Food, Families and Work, Living Hand to Mouth, and What is Food?

Julia Brannen is emerita professor of sociology of the family in the Institute of Education at University College London, and fellow of the Academy of Social Science. Her latest book is Social Research Matters.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781787356566
ISBN-10: 1787356566
Publisher: UCL Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2021
Pages: 320