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October 2016

Colleagues from SoSS edit special edition of Discover Society

(7 October 2016)

Dr Luke Yates, Hallsworth Fellow, and Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology, both from the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), have edited a special edition of Discover Society, which includes 14 articles on the social science of food and eating.

 The articles address a variety of currently important and contentious issues associated with the production, distribution and consumption of food. They include: food, families and work; children’s changing food practices in the context of parental employment; why we eat alone; and fighting food waste with dumpster diners. 

Alan and Luke said: “We were delighted to be able to edit this issue of Discover Society from Manchester. It is an on-line monthly magazine, modelled on the long-defunct New Society, which was the main channel in the UK between 1965 and 1985 for the public dissemination of social scientific research. 

“Discover Society addresses, in a critical manner, topical social and political issues using evidence from social scientific research. It has been in operation for approaching three years and is proving a fine model of how the social sciences might get its findings and its understandings to wider audiences. Everyone we approached about contributing agreed, and as you will see from the contents we received pieces from some of the world’s leading scholars in the fields of the sociology, anthropology and history of food. The topic is endlessly fascinating and provides many avenues for bringing social science information to bear on issues of general public interest.” 

Discover Society is published by Social Research Publications to promote the publication of social research, commentary and policy analysis.