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9780316427265

How the Other Half Eats The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780316427265

  • ISBN10:

    0316427268

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-11-16
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Spark

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This important book “weaves lyrical storytelling and fascinating research into a compelling narrative” (San Francisco Chronicle) to look at dietary differences along class lines and nutritional disparities in America, illuminating exactly how inequality starts on the dinner plate.

Inequality in America manifests in many ways, but perhaps nowhere more than in how we eat. From her years of field research, sociologist and ethnographer Priya Fielding-Singh brings us into the kitchens of dozens of families from varied educational, economic, and ethnoracial backgrounds to explore how—and why—we eat the way we do. We get to know four families intimately: the Bakers, a Black family living below the federal poverty line; the Williamses, a working-class white family just above it; the Ortegas, a middle-class Latinx family; and the Cains, an affluent white family.

Whether it's worrying about how far pantry provisions can stretch or whether there's enough time to get dinner on the table before soccer practice, all families have unique experiences that reveal their particular dietary constraints and challenges. By diving into the nuances of these families’ lives, Fielding-Singh lays bare the limits of efforts narrowly focused on improving families’ food access. Instead, she reveals how being rich or poor in America impacts something even more fundamental than the food families can afford: these experiences impact the very meaning of food itself.

Packed with lyrical storytelling and groundbreaking research, as well as Fielding-Singh’s personal experiences with food as a biracial, South Asian American woman, How the Other Half Eats illuminates exactly how inequality starts on the dinner plate. Once you’ve taken a seat at tables across America, you’ll never think about class, food, and public health the same way again.

Author Biography

Priya Fielding-Singh is a sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular disease prevention at the Stanford University School of Medicine. My research examines health, gender, and social inequality. Her work has been published in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Science, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

She holds a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Bremen, and a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

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