School Food Politics

The Complex Ecology of Hunger and Feeding in Schools Around the World- With a Foreword by Chef Ann Cooper

by Sarah A. Robert (Volume editor) Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower (Volume editor)
©2011 Textbook XIV, 218 Pages
Series: Global Studies in Education, Volume 6


This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2012.
The essays in School Food Politics explore the intersections of food and politics on all six of the inhabited continents of the world. Including electoral fights over universally free school meals in Korea, nutritional reforms to school dinners in England and canteens in Australia, teachers’ and doctors’ work on school feeding in Argentina, and more, the volume provides key illustrations of the many contexts that have witnessed intense struggles defining which children will eat; why; what and how they are served; and who will pay for and prepare the food. Contributors include reformers writing from their own perspectives, from the farm-to-school program in Burlington, Vermont, to efforts to apply principles of critical pedagogy in cooking programs for urban teens, to animal rights curriculum. Later chapters shift their focus to possibilities and hope for a different future for school food, one that is friendlier to students, «lunch ladies,» society, other creatures, and the planet.


XIV, 218
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
hunger education politics policy Food comparative and international education
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XIV, 218 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Sarah A. Robert (Volume editor) Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower (Volume editor)

Sarah A. Robert is Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. Her research and teaching explores the politics of education reform, particularly as it relates to teachers’ work, social education, and gender equity. She has published related articles and book chapters in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States. Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota. He is the author of The Politics of Policy in Boys’ Education: Getting Boys «Right» (2008) and co-editor, with Wayne Martino and Michael Kehler, of The Problem with Boys’ Education: Beyond the Backlash (2009), as well as numerous journal articles. His research interests include food politics, gender and education, educational policy, and the politics and sociology of education.


Title: School Food Politics