Special Session at CTC2016: Children’s and teenagers’ food practices in contexts of poverty and inequality

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At the 7th Child and teen consumption conference this week in Aalborg, Denmark, Dr Rebecca O’Connell and Professor Wendy Wills are convening a special session on children’s and teenagers’ food practices in contexts of poverty and inequality.

The papers include:

Stephanie Chambers, Tamica Mcbean-Willis and Chris Patterson: Stakeholder views on Universal Free School Meals for infants in Scottish primary schools
Rebecca O’Connell: Children’s and families’ food poverty in an age of austerity: some early UK findings
Karolina Gombert, Flora Douglas and Karen McArdle: Foodways and Futures. Where does food figure in the lives of so called vulnerable young people in Scotland?
Wendy Wills and Giada Danesi: Blurred socio-economic boundaries and the purchase of food and drink within and beyond the school gate
Silje Skuland: Socializing with food without money: Norwegian adolescents’ ways of managing food, friends and fun when parents’ income is low

In addition to considering the ways in which social contexts and social positionings mediate children’s and families’ experiences of food and eating in the context of food poverty and inequality, the session will address questions such as: which conceptual approaches are helpful in seeking an understanding of young people’s experiences of food insecurity? How do consumer markets influence children’s and young people’s experiences of food and eating? How do poorer children and young people negotiate belonging, and in particular, commensality, in the different social settings in which they live? What is the relationship between eating and embodiment for children and young people, and how does this differ among social groups and in comparison to adults? And what methodological and ethical issues need to be considered in researching young people’s food practices in the context of low income, poverty and inequality?

The session will form the basis of a special issue of Children & Society to be coedited by the convenors and published in 2018.

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