Alex Kelbert and I wrote this for a great symposium called Undressing Patriarchy back in 2013, but it is also based on the Life in a Time of FPV project. I realise now other people had already made these points and more elegantly and cleverly. But I think its a good paper because it connects food insecurity to masculinity. It is always women being referred to when experts talk about ‘gender and food security’, but global patriarchy means there are few societies in which men are not seen as ‘the breadwinner’, no matter how families are configured. So food crises are always crises of masculinity.
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I've been researching development for 20 years, but increasingly focus on the politics of hunger - on price spikes, subsistence protests, widespread worries about the way we eat now, and what the globalization of food means in everyone's everyday life. I'm a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex in my unspare time but this is a personal space for all my writing. I'm a political sociologist, which for me means an interest in how people organise to exercise / challenge power, and in particular in political culture, or the expressive sides of that organizing. And despite an abiding interest in anything to do with Bangladesh, I research in other countries too, and am becoming as bothered by the popular politics and food concerns of the first world as of the third. View all posts by Naomi Hossain