Special Issue "Food Insecurity in Advanced Capitalist Nations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michael A. Long
Guest Editor
Department of Sociology, Oklahoma State University, 431 Murray, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74078, USA
Interests: food insecurity, environmental sociology, green criminology, quantitative methodology
Prof. Margaret Anne Defeyter
Guest Editor
Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, Northumbria University, Room E213, Coach Lane Campus West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7XA, UK
Interests: food insecurity, food and social justice, health and educational inequalities, school feeding programmes
Prof. Dr. Paul B. Stretesky
Guest Editor
Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Lipman Building, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK
Interests: Food insecurity, environmental sociology, green criminology, quantitative methodology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food insecurity is a condition where individuals and households do not have regular access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and is believed to contribute to a variety of adverse physical, social and health related conditions. While food insecurity is primarily thought of as an issue in poor, developing countries, it is becoming increasingly common in First World capitalist countries. In particular, the rise of neoliberal policies that stress individual responsibility and minimal government intervention has produced a situation where high levels of inequality mean that large segments of the population struggle to feed themselves and their families. As a result, many people rely on charitable food aid, food banks and other feeding programs to meet their daily caloric needs. Addressing the growing problem of food insecurity in the developed world is necessary for a socially sustainable and just world. This special issue will be comprised of original empirical and theoretical articles that contribute to the study of food insecurity in advanced capitalist nations (e.g. USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc.). Articles can focus on any aspect of food insecurity in affluent capitalist nations.

Dr. Michael A. Long

Prof. Paul B. Stretesky

Prof. Margaret Anne Defeyter

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • food insecurity
  • food justice
  • food poverty
  • hunger
  • First World

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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