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Feeding the extended family: Gender, generation, and socioeconomic disadvantage in food provision to children
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7970-4753
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9132-8404
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9707-8768
2019 (English)In: Food, Culture, and Society: an international journal of multidisciplinary research, ISSN 1552-8014, E-ISSN 1751-7443, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 45-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper examines how US parents and grandparents describe their provision of food to preschool-age children. Drawing on 49 interviews with 16 families, most of which were socio-economically disadvantaged, we argue that gender and generation intersect in everyday efforts to care for children’s eating. The analysis explores gendered divisions of foodwork, highlights the struggles of single mothers, and examines fathers’ redefinitions of the paternal role to include feeding and caring for children. At the core of the analysis, however, is the participants’ emphasis on grandmothers as sources of knowledge and support, with both fathers and mothers citing grandmothers and other women of earlier generations as culinary influences and as role models for good parenting. We thus discuss “feeding the extended family,” and conclude with a discussion about moving beyond the couple-focused paradigm of parenting in research on food and the gendered division of foodwork.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 45-62
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Cultural Studies Gender Studies Other Health Sciences
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Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357920DOI: 10.1080/15528014.2018.1547066ISI: 000471768600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-357920DiVA, id: diva2:1240735
Available from: 2018-08-22 Created: 2018-08-22 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved

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