The Nova Scotia Participatory Food Costing Project uses participatory action research to collect data on the cost and affordability of food and involves those who are directly affected by food insecurity. More than a decade of this work has also yielded qualitative evaluation data that illustrates the project participants' experience with the project and with food (in)security more generally. The data are characterized by ample evidence of participants' perceived powerlessness related to government and social structures. At the same time, that data indicate that playing a role in participatory processes seems to have served as an empowering experience for the participants. We highlight some of the findings here and situate them within critical literature on citizens' discourse.

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Critical Discourse Studies
School of Journalism and Communication

Knezevic, I, Hunter, H. (Heather), Watt, C. (Cynthia), Williams, P. (Patricia), & Anderson, B. (Barbara). (2014). FOOD INSECURITY AND PARTICIPATION: A critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies, 11(2), 230–245. doi:10.1080/17405904.2013.866590