Researching children's diets in England : critical methods in a consumer society
Lee, Nick. (2009) Researching children's diets in England : critical methods in a consumer society. Qualitative Research in Psychology, Vol.6 (No.1-2). pp. 88-104. ISSN 1478-0887Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780880902901026
How can critical psychological researchers and practitioners respond to current concern about children's diets? This paper argues for a methodological strategy of multiplicity that decentres prevalent concerns with carer-consumers' subjectivity. First, it discusses the notion of alienation and charts the establishment of consumer choice as a regulatory principle in England. It then explores ambiguities of choice and alienation in the life of the consumer. The different narratives of change that are embodied in a British TV programme and an ongoing debate over nutritional labelling are then explored as illustrations of how reliance on subjectivity as a focus of change processes is likely to intensify ambiguity and raise consumers' status anxiety. The paper then examines Cultural and Historical Activity Theory as a potential source of alternatives and argues instead for greater sensitivity to conflicts and coalitions within the multiplicities of “engagements” that form consumer's “perspectives.”
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Children -- Nutrition -- England -- Research, Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects, Eating disorders in children -- England, Parental influences, Diet, Qualitative research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Qualitative Research in Psychology|
|Official Date:||January 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 88-104|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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