Sharing food at home and school: Perspectives on commensality
UNSPECIFIED. (1996) Sharing food at home and school: Perspectives on commensality. SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 44 (4). pp. 648-674. ISSN 0038-0261Full text not available from this repository.
Sharing meals together, both in terms of their social construction and the social rules which govern behaviour, is thought to be the essence of our sociality. Teaching and Learning about Food and Nutrition in Schools (reported by Burgess and Morrison in 1995) is an ESRC funded project, which, as part of the Nation's Dirt Programme: The Social Science of Food Choice investigated food use and eating in schools. Prior to the project social scientists had seldom focused upon the social and educational contexts in which children and young people learned about food as classroom activity, as routinised eating in schools, or at the interface between home and school. It is at the meeting point of such interests that this paper on the social significance of eating together is framed. Interview and diary data from parents, 'dinner ladies' and pupils, in combination with research observations, an used to explore familial perspectives on the changing relationship between eating at home and school in two primary school case studies. The discussion of school eating arrangements highlights the complex issues underpinning the advocacy of school meals, not only in terms of nutritional impact but also in relation to the cross-cutting effects of institutional practice, socio-economic advantage and disadvantage, and cultural preference. The alleged decline of the 'proper' shared meal is also contested. Rather, the data show commensality being produced and reproduced in different forms.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Official Date:||November 1996|
|Number of Pages:||27|
|Page Range:||pp. 648-674|
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