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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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Food charity: the ‘other’ food system

Food charity: the ‘other’ food system

(p.57) Four Food charity: the ‘other’ food system
Hungry Britain

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Policy Press

Chapter 4 discusses how socially acceptable emergency food provision is as a means of food acquisition. This acceptability is explored through the notion of ‘otherness’ and questions around the nature of emergency food as an ‘other’ system and whether it is experienced as such by recipients. This chapter argues that emergency food provision can be said to form an identifiably other system given the ways in which it lacks key features of shopping in the commercial market (the socially accepted form of food acquisition in the UK today). Whilst these systems and the food distributed through them do still hold moral and market-based aspects of value, ultimately, emergency food systems are not only identifiably other but experientially so as well. Such systems are experienced as ‘other’ by those that have to turn to them and the experience of this ‘other’ system as exclusionary is highly problematic.

Keywords:   Other/ing, food shopping, moral imperative, market qualities, surplus food, waste food, stigma, embarrassment, disempowerment

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