Sociology seminar: Life inside foodbank Britain

Sociology seminar: Life inside foodbank Britain

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON YOUTH, COMMUNITY, AND URBAN REGENERATION SEMINAR SERIES
 
 
Week 13, Room F1030 at 1pm
Wednesday 25th April: Life inside foodbank Britain
Kayleigh Garthwaite
 
In this talk, I will discuss the research undertaken for my 2016 book ‘Hunger pains: life inside foodbank Britain’. Trends in foodbank usage will be explored within the policy environment that it is argued accounts for much of this change. Drawing on the in-depth ethnographic research undertaken, I will outline why it is important to listen to the lived experience of people who use foodbanks, as well as those who volunteer and refer to them – and explore how those views align with political rhetoric and mass media representation of foodbank use. Of particular interest to students will be the perspective on research methods employed and challenges faced in pursuing my research.
 
 
Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on poverty and inequality, foodbank use, and welfare reform, with a particular focus on stigma.