Food, Families and Work by Rebecca O'Connell

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With dual-working households now the norm, Food, Families and Work is the first comprehensive study to explore how families negotiate everyday food practices in the context of paid employment.

As the working of hours of British parents are among the highest in Europe, the United Kingdom provides a key case study for investigating the relationship between parental employment and family food practices. Focusing on issues such as the gender division of foodwork, the impact of family income on diet, family meals, and the power children wield over the food they eat, the book offers a longitudinal view of family routines. It explores how the everyday meanings of food change as children grow older and negotiate changes in their own lives and those of their family members. Drawing on extensive quantitative data from large-scale surveys of food and diet – as well as qualitative evidence – to emphasise the larger global context of social and economic change and shifting patterns of family life, Rebecca O'Connell and Julia Brannen present a holistic overview of food practices within busy contemporary family lives.

Featuring perspectives from both parents and children, this innovative approach to some of the most hotly-debated topics in food studies is a must-read for students and scholars in food studies, sociology, anthropology, nutrition and public health.


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Published March 24, 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic. 200 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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London School of Economics

Parents felt a need to justify ‘giving in’ to children’s demands for foods they prefer (citing rising food prices, the need to reduce waste, etc), particularly where they would have preferred their children to eat more ‘healthy’ options.

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