Gender violence and food-service workers: Bending toward justice

Patricia Allen, Whitney Shervey

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This chapter addresses gender injustice in the food-service industry through lenses of violence and intersectionality. Three forms of violence-direct, cultural, and structural-are perpetrated along lines of gender in food service. Gender cannot be seen as a unitary category, however, since injustice is intersectional with race-ethnicity and class. Food service global in scope in that it exists in nearly every nation and workers, management, ownership, and patrons transcend national boundaries. It is therefore a relevant locus for global organizing for social change through collective action. This collective action can include worker organizing through traditional labor unions, development of worker-support centers, and collaboration among unions and worker-support centers. In addition, society as a whole must address the direct, cultural, and structural violence that has created gender injustice and made labor struggle necessary in the first place. While this chapter draws on a US context, the conceptual and theoretical approaches of violence, intersectionality, and collective organizing are applicable globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429578465
ISBN (Print)9780367190019
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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