Policy Press

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Hunger, Whiteness and Religion in Neoliberal Britain

An Inequality of Power

By Maddy Power

Published

Mar 2, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447358541

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 2, 2022

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447358565

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Hunger, Whiteness and Religion in Neoliberal Britain

Exploring why food aid exists and the deeper causes of food poverty, this book addresses neglected dimensions of traditional food aid and food poverty debates.

It argues that the food aid industry is infused with neoliberal governmentality and shows how food charity upholds Christian ideals and white privilege, maintaining inequalities of class, race, religion and gender. However, it also reveals a sector that is immensely varied, embodying both individualism and mutual aid.

Drawing upon lived experiences, it documents how food sharing amid poverty fosters solidarity and gives rise to alternative modes of food redistribution among communities. By harnessing these alternative ways of being, food aid and communities can be part of movements for economic and racial justice.

Maddy Power is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.

Foreword - Kate Pickett

1. Introduction

2. Revising Perspectives on Neoliberalism, Hunger and Food Insecurity

3. Food Aid and Neoliberalism: An Alliance built on Shared Interests?

4. Soup and Salvation: Realising Religion through Contemporary Food Charity

5. Whiteness, Racism and Colourblindness in UK Food Aid

6. Lived Neoliberalism: Food, Poverty and Power

7.Racial Inequality or Mutual Aid? Food and Poverty among Pakistani British and White British Women

8. Seeds Beneath the Snow