Published in September Doctor Julie Parsons' book, ‘Gender, Class and Food: Families, Bodies and Health’ has been well received.
About the book:
In the 21st century neo-liberal era, everyday 'ways of doing food' are a powerful means of drawing boundaries between social groups; defining who we are and where we belong. Drawing upon accounts from over seventy people, the book emphasises how everyday foodways maintain and reinforce social divisions of gender and class.
What the reviewers say:
This is a remarkable, rich book, . . . a unique contribution to studies in gender, health and food studies (Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York, US)
I am in awe of the skill with which Parsons manages to draw together her research data within theoretical frameworks relating to both gender and class […] beautifully using [it] to make a significant and engaging contribution to debates about neo-liberal foodways.(Wendy Wills, University of Hertfordshire)
Parsons' book develops a much needed and sophisticated sociological analysis of this everyday practice (Gillian Bendelow, University of Brighton)
Julie Parsons expertly explores, dissects and reveals the cultural codes and values surrounding food, social class and gender”( Jen Marchbank, Simon Fraser University, Canada)
During 2015/16 Julie is on a research secondment provided with support through a Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellowship, allowing her to develop her research in this field.