Kate Cairns, Merin Oleschuk and I recently wrote a short piece for the Gender & Society blog on the pressures mothers face when feeding children. We write: “When it comes to feeding children, mothers today must avoid the appearance of caring too little, or too much. Either extreme garners social stigma, although the penalties are far from equal.” Read the full piece here.
I am happy to report that an article I have worked on with Emily Huddart Kennedy and John Parkins is now available in British Journal of Sociology. The article is called “Small-p politics: how pleasurable, convivial and pragmatic political ideals influence engagement in eat-local initiatives”.
In the realm of local food, it’s often important to emphasize how food can be pleasurable and convivial. This is a pragmatic strategy for many reasons, and forces scholars to think carefully about what we mean by “politics”. Interviewing and observing food actors located in civil, state and market spheres in three Canadian cities, we describe a set of commonly articulated political ideals that inform and shape an engagement approach that we call “small-p politics”. We analyze why small-p politics is such an attractive option for food movement actors, but caution that narrowing the scope of tools and topics available for civic participation may compromise the ability for collective action to tackle barriers to justice and sustainability.
Professor Kate Cairns and I are always happy to hear when our recent book, Food and Femininity, has struck a chord with readers. Here is a compilation of the thoughtful reviews the book has received so far. We hope our contribution continues to push forward critical conversations about gender, feminism, food and inequality.
- Sillo, C. (2017). Book Review: Food and Femininity. Food, Culture & Society.
- Sandover, R. (2017). Book Review: Food and Femininity. Sociological Review.
- Lundquist, C. (2017). Book Review: Food and Femininity. Gender and Society.
- Braun, J. (2016). Book Review: Food and Femininity. Canadian Food Studies, 3(2), 239-241
- Chrobok, M. (2016): The Feminist Kitchen After DeVault: Three Fresh Books on Gender and Food Reviewed. Antipode.
- Markey, C. N. (2016). Eating Right in 2016: Still “Women’s Work”? [Interview with Kate Cairns] Psychology Today
- Williams, K. (2015). Book Review: Food and Femininity. LSE Review of Books.
The Huffington Post just published a short, seasonal piece I co-authored with PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk and Professor Kate Cairns. In our article, we reflect on ways to alleviate some of the pressures behind the idealized family meal, particularly as they pertain to economic and gender inequality. Continue reading