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Families and Food in Hard Times: European Comparative Research

O'Connell, R; Brannen, J; (2021) Families and Food in Hard Times: European Comparative Research. UCL Press: London. Green open access

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Food is fundamental to health and social participation, yet food poverty has increased in the global North. Adopting a realist ontology and taking a comparative case approach, Families and Food in Hard Times addresses the global problem of economic retrenchment and how those most affected are those with the least resources. Based on research carried out with low-income families with children aged 11-15, this timely book examines food poverty in the UK, Portugal and Norway in the decade following the 2008 financial crisis. It examines the resources to which families have access in relation to public policies, local institutions and kinship and friendship networks, and how they intersect. Through ‘thick description’ of families’ everyday lives, it explores the ways in which low income impacts upon practices of household food provisioning, the types of formal and informal support on which families draw to get by, the provision and role of school meals in children’s lives, and the constraints upon families’ social participation involving food. Providing extensive and intensive knowledge concerning the conditions and experiences of low-income parents as they endeavour to feed their families, as well as children’s perspectives of food and eating in the context of low income, the book also draws on the European social science literature on food and families to shed light on the causes and consequences of food poverty in austerity Europe.

Type: Book
Title: Families and Food in Hard Times: European Comparative Research
ISBN-13: 9781787356559
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787356559
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356559
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Authors, 2021 Images © Authors and copyright holders named in captions, 2021 Tables © Authors unless mentioned otherwise in the captions, 2021 This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. O’Connell, R. and Brannen, J. 2021. Families and Food in Hard Times: European comparative research. London: UCL Press. https:// doi.org/ 10.14324/ 111.9781787356559 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http:// creativecommons.org/ licenses/ Any third- party material in this book is published under the book’s Creative Commons licence unless indicated otherwise in the credit line to the material. If you would like to reuse any third- party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder.
Keywords: food security, poverty, UK, food, health, austerity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127576
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