1st Edition

Schools and Food Education in the 21st Century

By Lexi Earl Copyright 2018
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    Schools and Food Education in the 21st Century examines how schools enact food policy, and through doing so, craft diverse foodscapes that create very different food experiences in schools. The school food policy discourse is made up of an amalgamation of discourses on obesity prevention, nutrition education, welfarism and foodieness. Whilst schools endeavor to enact policy in a variety of ways, this book shows how foodieness is taken up, and can only be taken up differently, in different schools.

    The book’s unique contribution is to identify the discourse of foodieness and to show how this discourse, whilst seemingly universal, is actually situated in middle-class ideas and is therefore more easily taken up by certain schools. The book argues that the classed nature of foodieness leads to certain food knowledges becoming marginalized or lost and this then positions some schools in tension with their local communities, resulting in widely variant food experiences for children. Earl demonstrates how foodieness is taken up in schools by first exploring how the foodscape at school is shaped by policy and media sources. The book then examines how foodieness is taken up by schools with different SES profiles by showing how food moves through the school day.

    Asking critical questions on class and poverty that are often overlooked, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics and students working on food issues related to teaching, food, policy and schools in the fields of education, sociology and food studies. It should also be of interest to policymakers, parents and teachers.

    1. The Discourses of Food Education 2. Moulding the foodscape through policy 3. 8am: Breakfast Club 4. 9am: Learning about food in the classroom 5. 11am: Making food, building food culture? The role of the school cook 6. 12pm: Family meals 7. 2pm: Foodieness in food education 8. Foodieness and foodscapes in school


    Lexi Earl is a writer and baker, currently working as a Research Fellow in Education at the University of Nottingham.

    "Schools and Food Education in the 21st century makes a novel and unique contribution to a part of school life that is frequently just not investigated – school dinners, school gardens and the curriculum of food. This is a witty, hugely readable and fascinating account about cooking, eating and growing food in schools that introduces concepts such as ‘foodieness' and 'food talk’. This book is essentially an ‘ethnography of eating’ based on a forensic account of food, eating and cooking in three primary schools that offers a powerful and original way into thinking about issues of class, power and embodiment."

    Professor Meg Maguire, School of Education, Communication and Society, UCL.