Varying Food Practices Among Three Low-Income Groups in the Northeastern United States: Rural, Homeless & Refugee

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Published Aug 26, 2019
Amy Lee Redman

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to gain an in-depth understanding of low-income food practices among groups at or below the poverty line, to include: a rural group, a homeless group, and a refugee group. To explore how food practices differ among the low-income groups, an ethnographic design was used, including 60 hours of observations in group venues and individual/family homes, and 22 semi-structured interviews, conducted in the Northeastern United States. The findings from this study suggest that each low-income group has distinct food practices and consumption patterns. The following paper describes three main characteristics found within each group: 1) time spent preparing and eating food, 2) food item types, and 3) cooking skills. This research adds to the growing body of literature showing heterogeneity in food practices among low-income groups, and calls for increased scholarly and political recognition of the differences that exist within groups sharing similar economic situations.  

How to Cite

Redman, A. L. (2019) “Varying Food Practices Among Three Low-Income Groups in the Northeastern United States: Rural, Homeless & Refugee”, The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. Paris, France, 25(2), pp. 138–151. doi: 10.48416/ijsaf.v25i2.35.
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