Experiences of Food Poverty: Contents and Bibliography by Samuel Lindskog

Food poverty is the experience of not being able to acquire and eat a sufficient amount and good enough quality of food and entails a loss of self-respect, causes ill-health and has implications for social relations. This qualitative research has captured some of the complexity and pervasive nature of that lived experience, for people in Brighton and Hove.
The analysis of this study locates the cause of food poverty in structural factors “outside the individual’s ability to manipulate information and money” (Dowler 1998:63), such as rising cost of living, diminishing wages and a welfare system that has failed to support participants through times of extreme vulnerability.


Individual factors such as budgeting or cooking skills are less significant contributing factors, made clear by the demographic bias of the social groups affected. In addition to socially and economically disadvantaged groups, the diminishing margin between income and expenses has meant that new groups, such as working families, are increasingly experiencing food poverty.
The rates that reflect this trend are growing both nationally and locally. Despite this, there is no British research examining the qualitative experience of being food insecure. This project aims to begin bridging that gap in the literature by “[improving] the understanding of food poverty in the city” (BHFP 2012a:11), in particular the affective experience of food poverty. An understanding of the feelings and emotional coping techniques will enable us to better support those experiencing and using them.

Here Are The Contents of The Study:

Abstract and Introduction

Literature Reviews


Discussion and Conclusion



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