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School Food Politics

Robert, Sarah A. / Weaver-Hightower, Marcus B. (eds.)

School Food Politics

The Complex Ecology of Hunger and Feeding in Schools Around the World
With a Foreword by Chef Ann Cooper

Series: Global Studies in Education - Volume 6

Year of Publication: 2011

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XIV, 218 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-1307-9 pb.  (Softcover)
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Weight: 0.330 kg, 0.728 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2012.
The essays in School Food Politics explore the intersections of food and politics on all six of the inhabited continents of the world. Including electoral fights over universally free school meals in Korea, nutritional reforms to school dinners in England and canteens in Australia, teachers’ and doctors’ work on school feeding in Argentina, and more, the volume provides key illustrations of the many contexts that have witnessed intense struggles defining which children will eat; why; what and how they are served; and who will pay for and prepare the food. Contributors include reformers writing from their own perspectives, from the farm-to-school program in Burlington, Vermont, to efforts to apply principles of critical pedagogy in cooking programs for urban teens, to animal rights curriculum. Later chapters shift their focus to possibilities and hope for a different future for school food, one that is friendlier to students, «lunch ladies,» society, other creatures, and the planet.


Contents: Chef Ann Cooper: Foreword – Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower/Sarah A. Robert: Introduction: School Food Politics – Jen Sandler: Reframing the Politics of Urban Feeding in U.S. Public Schools: Parents, Programs, Activists, and the State – Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower: Fixing Up Lunch Ladies, Dinner Ladies, and Canteen Managers: Cases of School Food Reform in England, the United States, and Australia – Kristin D. Phillips/Daniel Roberts: Cultivating Schools for Rural Development: Labor, Learning, and the Challenge of Food Sovereignty in Tanzania – Sarah A. Robert/Irina Kovalskys: Defining the «Problem» with School Food Policy in Argentina – Mi Ok Kang: Free for All, Organic School Lunch Programs in South Korea – Marion Nestle: School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change – Catherine Lalonde: Food Prep 101: Low-Income Teens of Color Cooking Food and Analyzing Media – Doug Davis/Dana Hudson/Members of the Burlington School Food Project: Going Local: Burlington, Vermont’s Farm-to-School Program – Abraham DeLeon: What’s That Non-Human Doing on Your Lunch Tray? Disciplinary Spaces, School Cafeterias, and Possibilities of Resistance – Sarah A. Robert/Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower: Coda: Healthier Horizons.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Sarah A. Robert is Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. Her research and teaching explores the politics of education reform, particularly as it relates to teachers’ work, social education, and gender equity. She has published related articles and book chapters in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.
Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of The Politics of Policy in Boys’ Education: Getting Boys «Right» (2008) and co-editor, with Wayne Martino and Michael Kehler, of The Problem with Boys’ Education: Beyond the Backlash (2009), as well as numerous journal articles. His research interests include food politics, gender and education, educational policy, and the politics and sociology of education.


«An extraordinarily valuable contribution to the growing literature on school food, ‘School Food Politics’ will both engage your intellect and nourish your activism. Its theoretical framework of policy ecologies will expand your conception of school food reform, and its concrete accounts and case studies will remind you of why this challenging undertaking is worth pursuing with energy and creativity.» (Janet Poppendieck, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York)


Global Studies in Education. Vol. 6
General Editors: Athlone C. (Tina) Besley, Cameron McCarthy, Michael A. Peters and Fazal Rizvi