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Mothers on Display: Lunchboxes, Social Class and Moral Accountability

Harman, Vicki and Cappellini, Benedetta (2015) Mothers on Display: Lunchboxes, Social Class and Moral Accountability Sociology, 49 (4). pp. 764-781.

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This article explores middle class mothers’ narratives on their daily routines of preparing lunchboxes for their children. In this study lunchboxes are understood as an artefact linking together discourses and practices of doing and displaying mothering, media and government discourses of feeding children and broader issues of care and surveillance in private and public settings. Drawing on semi-structured, photo elicitation interviews and a focus group discussion, this article illuminates how mothers feel on display through the contents of their children’s lunchboxes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Cappellini, Benedetta
Date : 3 February 2015
DOI : 10.1177/0038038514559322
Uncontrolled Keywords : Display; Family; Food; Gender; Lunchboxes; Moral accountability; Mothering; Social class
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2017 15:55
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:04

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