Call for Manuscript/Chapters For Edited Volume in Bloomsbury Publishers, Home Series Co-Editors: Michelle Szabo, University of Toronto, Canada & Shelley Koch, Emory & Henry College, Virginia, USA. Food, Masculinities and Home Volume Overview Men’s involvement with and relationship to food and the household is becoming more prominent in academic scholarship and popular culture. Both gay and straight men are cooking more at home and have more responsibility for food provisioning as dual-earners, single men and single fathers. Gay masculinities are opening up new ways of ordering domestic work, including food work, and new ideas of fatherhood are redefining roles within the household. Men are also prominently featured as food experts in food shows and other media outlets. While these trends are evident, we believe there is a gap in the social scientific and humanities literature on masculinities, food and home. In the literature on food and gender there is some attention to how particular foods can symbolize or invoke feelings of “home”. However, given the long-held associations between women and domestic work, the focus has been primarily on the co-construction of femininity, motherhood and home through women’s cooking and feeding practices. In the same vein, the literature on masculinity and space tends to centre on men’s movements in, and associations with, public space. A small number of works on “masculine domesticity” and “domestic masculinity” (Gorman-Murray 2008) is slowly emerging in response to this gender-traditional focus. However, these works – mainly journal articles – give only tangential attention (if any) to the role of food. A similar note can be made about explorations of “home” beyond the domestic scale (e.g. local, national or virtual communities that provide feelings of “home”). This interdisciplinary, edited volume will fill the gap by exploring how food practices shape and are shaped by masculinities and notions of “home” -- dwelling, place and space –- at both the domestic and beyond-domestic scales. We envision a variety of approaches –- empirical, theoretical, literary –- that interrogate or reveal the intersection of masculinities, food and the home. Some general categories that might be covered include, but are certainly not limited to: ● Studies that reveal changes or continuities in masculine domesticity ○ Cooking, cleaning up or disposing of food, shopping (food provisioning), eating ● Images of masculinity, food and home in pop culture, media and food literature (e.g. cookbooks, food magazines) and/or the extent to which these images are reproduced empirically ● Gender inequalities and heteronormativities in relation to home and to food Masculine domesticity as “leisure” (versus female domesticity as “work”) ● Home food as national, local, or individual identity o Food as nostalgia, reminder or creator of home, including in cross-cultural or migratory contexts ● Food and masculinity in other types of “homes” – institutional or virtual places (e.g. retirement homes, group homes, community spaces, intentional communities) ● Food, care-work and masculinities ● Market-based food work that connects to the household ○ Food preparation for home consumption as it relates to masculinities We invite proposals about masculinities broadly defined to include not only masculinities performed by straight and biologically male bodies, but gay, queer, trans, female and other masculinities. Given the current prominence of white, middle class masculinities in the food scholarship, we also encourage proposals about racialized and classed masculinities, as well as masculinities from periphery countries outside what Connell calls “the metropole” (Connell 2007; Messerschmidt 2012). Larger questions we hope the book will address: • To what extent are gender hierarchies and heteronormativities being challenged by contemporary practices? To what extent is masculine privilege being reiterated in new guises? • To what extent are traditional gender hierarchies around foodwork (e.g. male cooking as leisure, female cooking as care) and long held associations between women, food and home breaking down? • To what extent are notions of “home” being masculinized? How is this done through food practices? • To what extent are masculinities re-shaped by the increasing presence of biological men and other male-identified people in kitchens and other food-focused spaces? Proposed Chapters Chapters will be a maximum of 7000 words (not including tables, charts, pictures, etc). Manuscripts should avoid footnotes, endnotes and the use of Appendices. As this book is intended to appeal to students and scholars from a variety of disciplines, chapters should be clearly and accessibly written without excessive jargon. Contributors must secure permissions and rights prior to submission of the final manuscript. Proposals Please provide a short prospectus for your proposed chapter (500-750 words). In addition, attach a short bio/CV (two pages maximum), and email these documents to: [email protected] and [email protected] no later than March 1, 2014. Editor Bios Shelley Koch is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, USA. She is the author of A Theory of Grocery Shopping: Food, Choice and Conflict published in 2012 by Berg/Bloomsburg Press. She has an article on the intersection of household food decision-making and the economy which will appear in the January 2014 issue of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. Her research interests include food, gender, consumption and the environment, and she is currently interviewing fathers about their role as household food provisioners. Michelle Szabo recently received her PhD from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada, and is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Toronto as well as Curriculum Designer in Sociology at Ryerson University. Her interests include masculinities and foodwork; the sociology of food and cooking; ethical consumption; the division of labour; and household food habits as they relate to health, sustainability and social justice in the food system. She has published in Journal of Gender Studies; Women’s Studies International Forum; Sociology; Food, Culture & Society; Journal of Consumer Culture; Sustainability; Agriculture & Human Values and Encyclopedia of Food Issues.