Embodiment, care and practice in a community kitchen

Mary E Phillips, Alice M Willatt

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This paper explores activist practices in a community kitchen based in the south of the United Kingdom with a dual focus on social and environmental justice. It draws on these practices to develop further feminist, and specifically ecofeminist, concepts of care ethics by arguing that embodiment is an essential element in lived relationships of care. Moreover, we show that these embodied components enable learning that can disrupt settled understandings of social and environmental injustices, including negotiating tensions relating to class and race. We demonstrate how this disruption combines with imaginative processes to stimulate critical political analysis of the relationship between local contexts of need and broader socio-political structures and power relations. Crucially, we work towards illuminating how care ethics and social practice combine to stimulate and inform political action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-217
Number of pages20
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number2
Early online date1 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2019


  • feminist
  • ethics of care
  • ecofeminism
  • embodiment
  • activism
  • emergency food provision


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