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Food oppression in the United Kingdom: A study of structural race and income-based food access inequalities

Morris, Katie

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Katie Morris katie.a.morris@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy



Abstract

In 2007, Freeman pioneered the phrase “food oppression” to capture the state’s perpetuation of socioeconomic and racial disparities in nutrient consumption and diet-related diseases in the United States. Amid an increasing awareness of the impact of intersecting identities in all facets of life, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, this article argues that food oppression is an equally applicable, and necessary, characterization of the unequal enjoyment of the right to food in the United Kingdom. Patterns of food insecurity—chiefly, the overrepresentation of Black households among food bank users—are tied back to the austerity measures enacted by the Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition Government in response to the 2007/2008 financial crisis. These findings illuminate the race- and class-based barriers to access to adequate food in the United Kingdom that predate the pandemic as a manifestation of racial capitalism yet have increased in prominence. The article concludes that the adoption of a rights-based approach to household food security by the state is necessary to formulate policies that target the commodification of food and ensure a nutritious diet is available to all without discrimination.

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Morris, K. (2023). Food oppression in the United Kingdom: A study of structural race and income-based food access inequalities. Journal of Human Rights, 22(5), 697-711. https://doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2023.2259423

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 19, 2023
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jan 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2023
Journal Journal of Human Rights
Print ISSN 1475-4835
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 5
Pages 697-711
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2023.2259423
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1185098

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.





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