Upholding the Family Dinner with the Help of McDonald’s

An interesting twist on the discussion:

Brembeck, Helene (2005) Home to McDonald’s Upholding the Family Dinner with the Help of McDonald’s Food, Culture & Society 8(2), Fall, pp.216-226

“Fast food is regularly referred to as a symbol of the decline of cooking skills, families and the community at the dinner table. With inspiration from theories on domestication and Actor Networks, and using examples from studies from McDonald’s in Sweden, this paper argues that a McDonald’s restaurant can in fact be regarded as a home and the meals eaten there as “proper” family meals. A meal at the restaurant is for many parents the easiest way of upholding family life, but also of creating “family” and “home” in new ways.” (p.216)

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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