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Foodwork and Foodcare in Hard Times: Mothering, Value and Values

Parsons, E., Harman, Vicki and Cappellini, B. (2020) Foodwork and Foodcare in Hard Times: Mothering, Value and Values Gender, Work and Organization.

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Abstract

In this paper we analyse the foodwork of mothers when feeding their families on low and reduced incomes. By exploring their accounts of food shopping and household budgeting, we argue that foodwork is intrinsically linked to other areas of social life and dominant values associated with ‘good mothering’. Through a careful consideration of the contexts and relations in which foodwork is valued, embedded and made meaningful we draw two key conclusions. First, we find that mothers’ foodwork is oriented towards avoiding devaluation and maintaining a level of respectability as opposed to accumulating cultural capital. Second, we introduce the concept of foodcare arguing that it potentially offers low income mothers an alternative to the logic of capital for their demonstration of self worth.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Parsons, E.
Harman, Vickiv.harman@surrey.ac.uk
Cappellini, B.
Date : 21 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : foodwork, foodcare, social class, mothering, value, values
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata Pending
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 06 Aug 2020 15:45
Last Modified : 06 Aug 2020 15:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858370

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