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Unpacking the Lunchbox: Biopedagogies, mothering and social class

Cappellini, B, Harman, Vicki and Parsons, L (2018) Unpacking the Lunchbox: Biopedagogies, mothering and social class Sociology of Health and Illness.

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This study investigates how mothers respond to school surveillance of their children’s packed lunches. In a context where increasing attention is focused on healthy eating, we adopt a biopedagogical approach to illustrate different positions and strategies which mothers occupy in relation to feeding their children in the school setting. We use photoelicitation interviews and focus groups to trace both the discursive and practical significance of these biopedagogies. We find that the subjective experiences of feeding children at school are infused with classed notions of mothering in public. Our analysis highlights two broad positions. Firstly, there were those with strong distinctions between home-food and school-food, which was associated more clearly with middle class families. Secondly, there were those with more fluid boundaries between home-food and school-food. This was more commonly encapsulated by working class mothers who were seen to place more emphasis on their children as autonomous decision makers. Overall the findings document localised and classed practices of resisting the school’s normalising gaze.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Cappellini, B
Parsons, L
Date : 19 June 2018
Identification Number : 10.1111/1467-9566.12751
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of an article accepted for publication in Sociology of Health and Illness. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 23 Mar 2018 11:15
Last Modified : 10 Jul 2018 14:17

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