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13:00 - 14:00 5 December 2017

SEMINAR: Food poverty and current issues in UK society


Library | TCRU
27/28 Woburn Square | London | WC1H 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Pat Caplan, Professor of anthropolgy, Goldsmiths, Pat Caplan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. For much of her career, she has carried out research in Tanzanian and India, where food security has been a major interest. More recently she has also worked in the UK on food topics, first on the perceived relationship between food and health and latterly on food poverty.

Professor Pat Caplan (Goldsmiths) will be presenting a paper considering some findings from my research on food poverty in the UK, based mainly in an urban area (the London Borough of Barnet) and a rural area (the country of Pembrokeshire in West Wales). She will argue that food poverty cannot be seen in isolation, since it is part of a much wider picture and needs to be placed in a number of contexts. She concludes that it is, however, however, a useful way of exploring and understanding some current issues in UK society, including austerity, entitlement, and the relations between the state, the third sector and the market.


Jenny Woodman