On Twitter last week I asked for some advice about what academic literature I should read to orient myself to the field of men, masculinities and food. Both food preparation, eating and the consumption of different types of food are highly gendered practices. Feminist politics in particular has revealed the naturalised connection between women and food. Women traditionally have been associated with food as integral to their domestic and caring practices, while men have been associated more with food as a leisure pursuit, as ‘helping out’ in the home, or the domain of the professional chef. Food if therefore part of a wider gendered politics that reproduces gender inequalities between men and women across public and private arenas that deserves far greater attention and critical discussion.
Below is a list of helpful suggestions from my Twitter network. I think this list really exemplifies the beauty of Twitter as an important tool in the dissemination of academic knowledge and informal modes of learning. Special thanks to @msfloraposte, @Raherrmann, @joparsons, @knightsben and @Plashingvole for their helpful suggestions, and to @Nadine_Muller for re-tweeting my request through the #phdadvice hashtag:
Cairns, K., Johnston, J. and Baumann, S. (2010) ‘Caring about food: Doing gender in the foodie kitchen’, Gender and Society, 24 (5): 591-615
Connell, R. (2005) Masculinities, (Second Edition) Berkeley: University of Minnesota Press
Counihan, C., and Van Esterik, P. (2007) Food and Culture: A Reader, (Second Edition) London: Routledge, Chapters 13, 14 and 16.
Hyman, G. (2009) Making a Man: Gentlemanly Appetites in Nineteenth Century British Novel, Ohio: Ohio University Press
Jackson, P. (2009) Changing families: changing food, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
Murray, S. (2005) ‘Doing politics or selling out: Living the fat body’, Women’s Studies, 34 (3-4), 265-277
Probyn, E. (2000) Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities, London: Routledge.
Sobal, J. (2005) ‘Men, meat and marriage: Models of masculinity’, Food and Foodways, 13: 135-158
Thewelweit, K. Male Fantasies (1977). Trans. Stephen Conway. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987