Food, Masculinities & Home
Edited Volume in Bloomsbury Publishers, “Home” Series
Editors: Michelle Szabo, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology, University of Toronto, & Shelley Koch, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Emory & Henry College, Virginia
The traditional relationship between women/femininity and the domestic kitchen is changing. Both gay and straight men are cooking more at home and have more responsibility for food provisioning as dual-earners, single men and single fathers. Gay, female and trans masculinities are opening up new ways of ordering domestic food work, and new ideas of fatherhood are redefining roles within the household. Food media and popular culture increasingly feature men in domestic culinary roles, while masculine-identified women and trans men are using new media to “masculinize” traditionally feminine food tasks such as baking. All of these trends are occurring in a highly politicized foodscape where issues like public health (re. e.g. obesity rates), food system sustainability, and gender, race and class inequality are at stake.
While these trends are evident, there is a gap in the social scientific and humanities literature on masculinities, food and home. Given the long-held associations between femininity and domestic work, the focus has been primarily on the co-construction of femininity, motherhood and home through (straight/cis-) women’s cooking and feeding practices. A small number of works on “masculine domesticity” and “domestic masculinity” (Gorman-Murray 2008) is slowly emerging in response to this gender-traditional focus. However, these works give only tangential attention (if any) to the role of food. This interdisciplinary, edited volume will fill the gap by exploring how food practices shape and are shaped by masculinities and notions of “home” — dwelling, place and space –- at both the domestic and beyond-domestic scales.
We are aiming for a variety of approaches –- empirical, theoretical, literary –- that interrogate or reveal the intersection of masculinities, food and the home. Some general categories that might be covered include, but are certainly not limited to:
● Studies that reveal changes or continuities in masculine domesticity
○ Cooking, cleaning up or disposing of food, shopping (food provisioning), eating
● Images of masculinity, food and home in pop culture and/or the extent to which these images are reproduced empirically
● Gender inequalities and heteronormativities in relation to home and to food
· Masculine domesticity as “leisure” (versus female domesticity as “work”)
● Home food as national, local, or individual identity
o Food as nostalgia, reminder or creator of home, including in cross-cultural or migratory contexts
● Food and masculinity in other types of “homes” – institutional or virtual places (e.g. retirement homes, group homes, community spaces, intentional communities)
● Food, care-work and masculinities
● Market-based food work that connects to the household
○ Food preparation for home consumption as it relates to masculinities **N.B. We already have a strong list of international contributors, especially on the topic of men’s cooking in food media and especially in relation to masculinities as performed by straight, able-bodied, men. At this stage, we are interested in proposals of all kinds, but are especially eager to include investigations of non-hegemonic masculinities, including racialized, classed and/or female, trans, queer, gay and differently-abled and –identified bodies.
Chapters will be a maximum of 7000 words (not including tables, charts, pictures, etc). Manuscripts should avoid footnotes, endnotes and the use of Appendices. As this book is intended to appeal to students and scholars from a variety of disciplines, chapters should be clearly and accessibly written without excessive jargon.
Please provide a short prospectus for your proposed chapter (500-750 words). In addition, attach a short bio/CV (two pages maximum), and email these documents to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Aug 31, 2014.
Michelle Szabo, Ph.D.
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer, Sociology
University of Toronto