Food Systems and Health Vol: 18

Sara Shostak
Brandeis University, USA

Brea L. Perry
University of Kentucky, USA

Product Details
13 Jul 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
280 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Medical Sociology


In recent years, the ways in which food is produced, distributed, and consumed have emerged as prominent health and social issues. With rising concern about rates of obesity, food systems have attracted the attention of state actors, leading to both innovative and controversial public health interventions, such as citywide soda bans, “veggie prescription” initiatives, and farm-to-school programs. At the same time, social movement activism has emerged focused on issues related to food and health, including movements for food justice, food safety, farm worker’s rights, and community control of land for agricultural production. Meanwhile, many individuals and families struggle to obtain food that is affordable, accessible, and meaningfully connected to their cultures. Volume 18 of Advances in Medical Sociology brings cutting-edge sociological research to bear on these multiple dimensions of food systems and their impacts on individual and population health. This volume will highlight how food systems matter for health policy, health politics, and the lived experiences and life chances of individuals and communities.
Introduction: Towards a Sociology of Food Systems and Population Health; Sara Shostak 
Part 1 - Food Systems and Health Outcomes 
Chapter 1 - Food System Channels, Health and Illness; Jeffery Sobal 
Chapter 2 - Rich Foods: The Cross-National Effects of Healthy Eating on Health Outcomes; Jane S. van Heuvelen and Tom van Heuvelen 
Chapter 3 - Food Insecurity and Mental Health: A Gendered Issue?; Gabriele Ciciurkaite and Robyn Lewis Brown 
Part 2 - The Social Determinants of Consumption 
Chapter 4 - Food Priorities: Sociodemographic Variation in Constrained Choices at the Grocery Store; Christy Freadreacea Brady 
Chapter 5 - Educational Attainment and Dietary Lifestyles; Hannah Andrews, Terrence D. Hill and William C. Cockerham  
Chapter 6 - Let them eat cake: Socioeconomic status and caregiver indulgence of children’s food and drink requests; Brea L. Perry and Jessica McCrory Calarco 
Part 3 - Alternative Food Institutions and Ideologies 
Chapter 7 - The Promises and Pitfalls of Alternative Food Institutions: Impacts on and Barriers to Engagement with Low-Income Persons in the United States and Canada; Amy Jonason 
Chapter 8 - Extension of What and to Whom? A Qualitative Study of Self-Provisioning Service Delivery in a University Extension Program; Ashley Colby and Emily Huddart Kennedy 
Chapter 9 - “Grounded in the Neighborhood, Grounded in Community”: Social Capital and Health in Community Gardens; Sara Shostak and Norris Guscott 
Chapter 10 - Reclaiming Policy Imagination: Buen Vivir, policy culture, and the policy divide between health and agriculture in Puerto Rico; Gabriel Blouin Genest
Sara Shostak is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program at Brandeis University. Her research and teaching interests encompass medical sociology, science and technology studies, and environmental sociology. Across these domains, Shostak focuses on how to understand - and address - inequalities in health. Shostak's first book - Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health (University of California Press, 2013) - won the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociology Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology and the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section. Shostak’s current book project is a study of urban agriculture in New England cities; as part of this work, she has collaborated on community based research projects with The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, The Food Project, and Groundwork Somerville. 
Brea L. Perry is an Associate Professor of Sociology and an affiliated faculty of the Indiana University Network Science Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on the intersections of social networks, medical sociology, biosociology, and social inequalities. Her current NIH-funded projects investigate social network indicators of prescription drug seeking behavior, the role of personal social networks in neurodegeneration and older adults’ cognitive decline, and the coevolution of recent Mexican immigrants’ social networks and oral health attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes.

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