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MacKendrick, Norah

MacKendrick photoNorah MacKendrick
PhD, University of Toronto. 2011

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

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Norah MacKendrick's research falls within the fields of environmental sociology, gender, and the sociology of food. She studies the growing public awareness of chemical 'body burdens' as well as food politics, class and gender.

Her current work identifies the rise of "precautionary consumption"—an individualized response to potentially harmful chemicals found in everyday consumer products and foods. She finds that women, and new mothers in particular, feel responsible for protecting their children from exposure to these chemicals, and do so through food work, shopping, and management of the household. Women's burden of responsibility to manage family-level chemical exposures corresponds to considerable skepticism in the capacity of government institutions to monitor chemical producers and initiate environmental improvements.

Her other projects explore the gendered and classed dimensions of food politics and the popular discourse of "voting with your fork."


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