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Hungry BritainThe Rise of Food Charity$
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Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328285

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328285.001.0001

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Theories of the food insecurity ‘problem’ and the right to food ‘solution’

Theories of the food insecurity ‘problem’ and the right to food ‘solution’

(p.33) Three Theories of the food insecurity ‘problem’ and the right to food ‘solution’
Hungry Britain

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Policy Press

Chapter 3 sets out the key theories with which the book engages: food insecurity and the human right to food. Following on from a conceptualisation and definition of food insecurity, the right to food is introduced. Emphasis is placed on normative element of ‘adequacy and sustainability of food availability and access’ and on the state’s obligation to ‘respect, protect and fulfil the right to food’. Theories of ‘othering’ and ‘agency’ are employed to assess the social acceptability of emergency food systems as a means of acquiring food, and the power of providers to make sufficient food available through these systems and of potential recipients to access it. Theories of ‘care’ and ‘social protection’ are employed to explore the ways in which charitable providers are in practice taking responsibility for the duty to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food and how shifts in welfare policy are affecting need for this provision.

Keywords:   Food insecurity, human right to food, othering, agency, power, care, social protection

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