Interesting terms in the education of food practices

There were many interesting terms, concepts and statements that I came across while researching food cultures and nutrition… here are some notes (one or two word and single sentence provocations):

nutritional environments,’[1] sedentary lifestyles, ‘obesogenic environments,’ a ‘taste community,’ parents as ‘food gatekeepers,’ ‘foodscapes,’ ‘nutritional resources in the neighbourhood’ (including vege gardens, markets, support networks), ‘trajectories of foodstuffs’, ‘lives with food’, the ‘different social and spatial contexts of food messages’, [2] ‘fast food society’[3] “traditional food cultures[4]

patient and gradual ‘gustatory education.’  Shaking up the ‘gustatory laziness’ of children, but also of adults, is not an easy undertaking.”[5]

emotional geographies[6] “skilful comportment.” [7]

children and youth can take a critical stance toward the ‘food conformism’ currently promoted through commercial, advertising, and media channels.”[8]

a cheerful and flavorful table[9]

The efforts of different actors to define certain foodstuffs as healthy and others as unhealthy seem to have been successful in producing nutritious normality.” [10]

Even just the concept of ‘appetite’ is worth considering!


[1] p187 Meghan Lynch and Malek Batal (2011) Factors influencing childcare providers’ food and mealtime decisions: an ecological approach. Child Care in Practice 17(2)April; pp185-203  [2] Barbro Johansson et al. (2009) Nordic Children’s Foodscapes: Images and Reflections. Food, Culture & Society 12(1)March; pp25-51  [3] p196 Meghan Lynch and Malek Batal (2011) Factors influencing childcare providers’ food and mealtime decisions: an ecological approach. Child Care in Practice 17(2)April; pp185-203  [4]  p87 Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2009) ‘Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks’ Food, Culture & Society 12(1)March; 77-103  [5] P11 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia  [6] p91 Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2009) ‘Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks’ Food, Culture & Society 12(1)March; 77-103  [7] p96 Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2009) ‘Culture and the Politics of Alternative Food Networks’ Food, Culture & Society 12(1)March; 77-103  [8] P12 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia  [9] P12 Ed.s Ilaria Cavallini and Maddalena Tedeschi. The languages of food; recipes, experiences, thoughts c2008. Reggio Children: Reggio Emilia  [10] p37 Barbro Johansson et al. (2009) Nordic Children’s Foodscapes: Images and Reflections. Food, Culture & Society 12(1)March; pp25-51

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