Young girls’ experiences of ‘good’ food imperatives in a working class school community: rethinking food desire?

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Young girls’ experiences of ‘good’ food imperatives in a working class school community : rethinking food desire? / Fernández, Eluska; Kitching, Karl; Horgan, Deirdre.

In: Cambridge Journal of Education, Vol. 2021, 15.02.2021, p. 1-19.

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title = "Young girls{\textquoteright} experiences of {\textquoteleft}good{\textquoteright} food imperatives in a working class school community: rethinking food desire?",
abstract = "Education policy internationally positions schools as central sites of intervention on {\textquoteleft}obesity epidemics{\textquoteright}, particularly in working class communities. This article presents a moral geographies approach which examines how such obesity-focused healthy food imperatives are experienced in specific places and times. The authors draw on data from a participatory photo mapping exercise with 11-year-old girls in a working class school setting in Ireland. Rather than focus on the girls{\textquoteright} food consumption through classed, deficit-based discourses of individual restraint or pleasure, they consider their food desires to be an ethico-political force for connection, identification and potential reconstruction of what constitutes {\textquoteleft}good{\textquoteright} food. The participants were adept at performing officially {\textquoteleft}good{\textquoteright} food knowledge, but also constructed food-based identities and relationships that challenged prevailing, individualised imperatives to {\textquoteleft}make healthy choices{\textquoteright}. The findings underline the importance of critical pedagogies of food desire, which could engage factors such as the strengths of family and community food cultures.",
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