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Andrea Freeman, Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2020. Pp. 304. $28.00 hardcover (ISBN 9781503601123); $28.00 ebook (ISBN 9781503610811)

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posted on 2023-03-13, 17:13 authored by Angela LeeAngela Lee

[Book Review; First paragraph]: "Food is a vital and necessary part of each of our daily lives. Beyond merely providing sustenance, food is frequently a provider of pleasure, a site of community, and a celebration of culture. However, food can also be a vector of inequality. To this end, Professor Andrea Freeman has pioneered the concept of “food oppression,” which occurs when facially neutral laws and policies “have a disparate impact on individuals depending on their race, class, and other intersectional identities” (114). Food oppression is often the result of formal or informal alliances struck between the government and powerful lobbies like the agrifood or pharmaceutical industries, which allows them to privilege private interests at the expense of the most marginalized communities. Thus, food oppression can be difficult to both identify and contest."