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Food Pedagogies

1st Edition

Edited by Rick Flowers, Elaine Swan


270 pages

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In recent years everyone from politicians to celebrity chefs has been proselytizing about how we should grow, buy, prepare, present, cook, taste, eat and dispose of food. In light of this, contributors to this book argue that food has become the target of intensified pedagogical activity across a range of domains, including schools, supermarkets, families, advertising and TV media. Illustrated with a range of empirical studies, this edited and interdisciplinary volume - the first book on food pedagogies - develops innovative and theoretical perspectives to problematize the practices of teaching and learning about food. While many different pedagogues - policy makers, churches, activists, health educators, schools, tourist agencies, chefs - think we do not know enough about food and what to do with it, the aims, effects and politics of these pedagogies has been much less studied. Drawing on a range of international studies, diverse contexts, genres and different methods, this book provides new sites of investigation and lines of inquiry. As a result of its broad ranging critical evaluation of ’food as classroom’ and ’food as teacher’, it provides theoretical resources for opening up the concept of pedagogy, and assessing the moralities and politics of teaching and learning about food in the classroom and beyond.


’This book is a timely intervention into analyses of food cultures, food fashions and food security. Theoretically sophisticated yet accessibly written, it broadens meanings of pedagogy� in imaginative ways to address the social, cultural and political significance of food. A dazzling range of perspectives prompts questions about how we think, teach, learn and eat.’ Jean Duruz, University of South Australia, Australia ’This masterpiece forever changes our understandings of how and where we learn about food. Edited by two of the most creative thinkers in contemporary food studies, these essays dramatically expose the formal and informal ways children and adults receive morally-charged ideas about food and cooking. Ranging from supermarkets to cooking shows to government campaigns, this book reshapes the very politics of teaching food.’ Daniel E. Bender, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

Contents: Food pedagogies: histories, definitions and moralities, Rick Flowers and Elaine Swan. Part I Embodiment and Identity: Where's the pleasure? Exploring the meanings and experiences of pleasure in school-based food pedagogies, Emma Rich and John Evans; Potatoes in the rice cooker: family food pedagogies, bodily memories, meal-time senses and racial practices, Rick Flowers and Elaine Swan; 'You are what you eat!'?: crafting the (food) consuming subject through cooking shows, Seline Szkupinski-Quiroga, Jennifer A. Sandlin and Robin Redmon Wright. Part II Transformation and Affect: Food and passion: technologies of self-transformation in Jamie's Kitchen, Lyn Harrison, Peter Kelly and Perri Campbell; The Loi Evin: a pedagogical experiment in responsible drinking, Julie Robert; If I am what I eat, who am I? How critical shopping teaches adults about food, identity and social change, Kaela Jubas. Part III Governance and Authority: 'Making it local': the rural consumer, the supermarket and competing pedagogical authority, Bronwyn Isaacs and Jane Dixon; 'Just say no to pies': food pedagogies, health education and governmentality, Deana Leahy and Jo Pike. Part IV Ethics and Critique: What do food labels teach people about food ethics?, Heather J. Bray and Rachel A. Ankeny; Learning to eat with attitude: critical food pedagogies, Jennifer Sumner; Food consciousness: teaching critical theory through food narratives, Meredith E. Abarca; Of dialectical food pedagogies and political economies: taking debates forward in an afterword, Michael K. Goodman. Index.

About the Editors

Rick Flowers is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia. Elaine Swan is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication also at UTS, Australia.

About the Series

Critical Food Studies

Critical Food Studies
The study of food has seldom been more pressing or prescient. From the intensifying globalization of food, a world-wide food crisis and the continuing inequalities of its production and consumption, to food's exploding media presence, and its growing re-connections to places and people through 'alternative food movements', this series promotes critical explorations of contemporary food cultures and politics. Building on previous but disparate scholarship, its overall aims are to develop innovative and theoretical lenses and empirical material in order to contribute to - but also begin to more fully delineate - the confines and confluences of an agenda of critical food research and writing. Of particular concern are original theoretical and empirical treatments of the materialisations of food politics, meanings and representations, the shifting political economies and ecologies of food production and consumption and the growing transgressions between alternative and corporatist food networks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography