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Title Women redefining the experience of food insecurity : life off the edge of the table / edited by Janet Page-Reeves.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2014]

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Description 1 online resource (323 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I. Introduction. Conceptualizing Food Insecurity and Women's Agency: A Synthetic Introduction -- Part II. The Dimensionality of Food Insecurity. 1. Another Time of Hunger -- 2. Women, Welfare and Food Insecurity -- 3. 'I took the lemons and I made lemonade': Women's Quotidian Strategies and the Re-Contouring of Food Insecurity in a Hispanic Community in New Mexico -- 4. Negotiating Food Security along the U.S.-Mexican Border: Social Strategies, Practice, and Networks among Mexican Immigrant Women -- Part III. Disparities in Access to Healthy Food. 5. 'La Lucha Diaria': Migrant Women in the Fight for Healthy Food -- 6. Women's Knowledge and Experiences Obtaining Food in Low-Income Detroit Neighborhoods -- 7. Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full? Economic Transition and Changing Ideas About Food Insecurity in Rural Costa Rica -- Part IV. Women's Agency and Contested Practices. 8. Salvadoran Immigrant Women and the Culinary Making of Gendered Identities: "Food Grooming" as a Class and Meaning-Making Process -- 9. The Social Life of Coca-Cola in Southern Veracruz, Mexico: How Women Navigate Public Health Messages and Social Support through Drink -- 10. 'Women not like they used to be': Food and Modernity in Rural Newfoundland -- Part V. Empowerment and Challenging the System. 11. Labor and Leadership: Women in U.S. Community Food Organizing -- 12. 'I would have never ... ': A Critical Examination of Women's Agency for Food Security Through Participatory Action Research -- Index.
Summary "Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life Off the Edge of the Table is about understanding the relationship between food insecurity and women's agency. The contributors explore both the structural constraints that limit what and how much people eat, and the myriad ways that women creatively and strategically re-structure their own fields of action in relation to food, demonstrating that the nature of food insecurity is multi-dimensional. The chapters portray how women develop strategies to make it possible to have food in the cupboard and on the table to be able to feed their families. Exploring these themes, this book offers a lens for thinking about the food system that incorporates women as agentive actors and links women's everyday food-related activities with ideas about food justice, food sovereignty, and food citizenship. Taken together, the chapters provide a unique perspective on how we can think broadly about the issue of food insecurity in relation to gender, culture, inequality, poverty, and health disparity. By problematizing the mundane world of how women procure and prepare food in a context of scarcity, this book reveals dynamics, relationships and experiences that would otherwise go unremarked. Normally under the radar, these processes are embedded in power relations that demand analysis, and demonstrate strategic individual action that requires recognition. All of the chapters provide a counter to caricatured notions that the choices women make are irresponsible or ignorant, or that the lives of women from low-income, low-wealth communities are predicated on impotence and weakness. Yet, the authors do not romanticize women as uniformly resilient or consistently heroic. Instead, they explore the contradictions inherent in the ways that marginalized, seemingly powerless women ignore, resist, embrace and challenge hegemonic, patriarchal systems through their relationship with food"--Provided by publisher.
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Subject Food supply -- Social aspects.
Food security -- Cross-cultural studies.
Food habits -- Cross-cultural studies.
Women -- Social conditions -- Cross-cultural studies.
Women -- Economic conditions -- Cross-cultural studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Cross-cultural studies.
Added Author Page-Reeves, Janet, editor.
Other Form: Print version: Women redefining the experience of food insecurity. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2014] 9780739185261 (DLC) 2014008782 (OCoLC)881910149
ISBN 9780739185278 (electronic book)
0739185276 (electronic book)
9780739185261 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0739185268 (cloth ; alk. paper)