216 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
This volume brings together contributions that provide a snapshot of current food research. What is food? acknowledges the many dimensions of food, including its social, cultural, symbolic and sensual qualities, while also being material in that it is fundamental to our survival.
The collection addresses contemporary challenges and reflects the concerns of funders and researchers working in the broad field of the sociology of food: dietary health, sustainability, food safety and food poverty. Reflecting broader academic trends, the papers are moreover concerned with interdisciplinarity, the analysis of change, data reuse and the use of social media as data. The book includes empirical evidence from around the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan and addresses food both as a lens through which to examine these wider social relationships, processes and social change and as a primary subject.
The contributions will be of interest to a wide range of students and researchers looking for a cutting-edge insight into how to frame and study food in areas related to the sociology of food, health, risk, poverty, sustainability and research methods.
Ulla Gustafsson, Rebecca O’Connell, Alizon Draper, Andrea Tonner
Part 1: Studying Food
1. Revisiting ‘Eating Out’ – Understanding 20 Years of Change in the Practice in Three English Cities
Jessica Paddock, Jennifer Whillans, Alan Warde, Lydia Martens
2. Food Poverty in Context: Parental Sacrifice and Children’s Experiences in Low-Income Families in the UK
Rebecca O’Connell, Abigail Knight, Julia Brannen
3. From Practices to Volumes, from Meaning to Nutrients: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy and Sustainable Food Consumption
Laurence Godin, Alexi Ernstoff, Marlyne Sahakian
4. Traditional or Cultural Relativist School Meals? The Construction of Religiously Sanctioned School Meals on Social Media
Christine Persson Osowski, Ylva Mattsson Sydner
Part 2: Changes and Challenges
5. ‘I Wouldn’t Delve into It Too Much’: Public Concerns (or not) About the Contemporary UK Food Supply System
Alizon Draper, Val Gill, Hayley Lepps, Caireen Roberst, Judith Green
6. Eating Less Meat ‘to Save the Planet’: Studying the Development of Sustainable Healthy Eating Advice in the UK and Denmark
7. Healthy Eating, Social Class and Ethnicity: Exploring the Food Practices of South Asian Mothers
8. The Original Taste of Real Food: The Discursive Formation of Taiwan’s Food Education
9 ‘We Need to Survive’: Integrating Social Enterprises Within Community Food Initiatives
Andrea Tonner, Juliette Wilson, Katy Gordon, Eleanor Shaw
Sociological Futures aims to be a flagship for new and innovative theories, methods and approaches to sociological issues and debates and ‘the social’ in the 21st century. This series of monographs and edited collections was inspired by vibrant wealth of BSA symposia on a wide variety of sociological themes. Edited by a team of experienced sociological researchers, and supported by the BSA, it covers a wide range of topics related to sociology and sociological research and will feature contemporary work that is theoretically and methodologically innovative, has local or global reach, as well as work that engages or reengages with classic debates in sociology bringing new perspectives to important and relevant topics.
The BSA is the professional association for sociologists and sociological research in the United Kingdom, with its extensive network of members, study groups and forums, and its dynamic programme of events. The Association engages with topics ranging from auto/biography to youth, climate change to violence against women, alcohol to sport, and Bourdieu to Weber. This book series represents the fruits of sociological enquiry, reaching a global audience, and offering a publication outlet for sociologists at all career and publishing stages, from the well-established to emerging sociologists, BSA or non-BSA members, from all parts of the world.