Household food strategies and the reframing of ways of understanding dietary practices

Schubert, Lisa (2008) Household food strategies and the reframing of ways of understanding dietary practices. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 47 3: 254-279. doi:10.1080/03670240701781879


Author Schubert, Lisa
Title Household food strategies and the reframing of ways of understanding dietary practices
Journal name Ecology of Food and Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0367-0244
1543-5237
Publication date 2008-05-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03670240701781879
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 254
End page 279
Total pages 26
Editor Peter L. Pellett
Place of publication United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
920411 Nutrition
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Abstract While the use of households as a study focus is not a new concept in nutrition research, recent sociological literature has highlighted methodological advances in household strategy research that deserve attention. This article introduces and examines the conceptual relevance and analytical scope of household food strategies (HFS) research. People's household food strategies and dietary practices go together as do legs and walking, and yet to listen to public commentary on, for example, the current public health cause ceacutelegravebre- the childhood obesity epidemic- we hear little, if any, balanced discussion of domestic food provisioning work, but much ideological posturing re parental responsibility, resisting the temptation of the abundance of fast food in our environment, and the importance of cooking from scratch. Using HFS as a unit of analysis highlights the process of integrating two critical sets of factors: household resources and preferences on the one hand, and the broader social and cultural shaping of dietary practices on the other. Such an approach has the advantage of avoiding an overemphasis on agency. Specifically, this article outlines a search for a coherent and integrated theoretical and methodological framework suited to studying households and dietary practices under circumstances of resource constraint and rapid social or political change. Developments in cultural sociology and anthropology, particularly, have much to offer a research agenda to support contemporary food and nutrition policy making in a post-modern world.
Keyword household food strategies
social change
public health nutrition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Published: MAY-JUN 2008

 
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