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Food and femininity

Author: Kate Cairns
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
Series: Contemporary food studies: economy, culture and politics, v. 1.
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"Over the space of a few generations, women's relationship with food has changed dramatically. Yet -- despite significant advances in gender equality -- food and femininity remain closely connected in the public imagination as well as the emotional lives of women. While women encounter food-related pressures and pleasures as individuals, the social challenge to perform food femininities remains: as the nurturing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Cairns
ISBN: 9780857855527 0857855522 9780857856647 0857856642 9780857857743 0857857746 9780857855565 0857855565
DOI: CBID180613
OCLC Number: 878837214
Description: xi, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: A personal food prologue --
Caring about food --
Thinking through food and femininity : a conceptual toolkit --
Strolling the aisles and feeling food shopping --
Maternal foodwork : the emotional ties that bind --
The do-diet : embodying healthy femininities --
Food politics : the gendered work of caring through food --
Food pleasures in the postfeminist kitchen --
Conclusion : Cooking as a feminist act? --
Appendix A. Participant demographics --
Appendix B. Methods --
Appendix C. Discourse analysis of food media.
Series Title: Contemporary food studies: economy, culture and politics, v. 1.
Responsibility: by Kate Cairns and Josee Johnston.

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"Over the space of a few generations, women's relationship with food has changed dramatically. Yet -- despite significant advances in gender equality -- food and femininity remain closely connected in the public imagination as well as the emotional lives of women. While women encounter food-related pressures and pleasures as individuals, the social challenge to perform food femininities remains: as the nurturing mother, the talented home cook, the conscientious consumer, the svelte and health-savvy eater. In Food and Femininity, Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston explore these complex and often emotionally-charged tensions to demonstrate that food is essential to the understanding of femininity today. Drawing on extensive qualitative research in Toronto, they present the voices of over 100 food-oriented men and women from a range of race and class backgrounds. Their research reveals gendered expectations to purchase, prepare, and enjoy food within the context of time crunches, budget restrictions, political commitments, and the pressure to manage health and body weight. The book analyses how women navigate multiple aspects of foodwork for themselves and others, from planning meals, grocery shopping, and feeding children, to navigating conflicting preferences, nutritional and ethical advice, and the often-inequitable division of household labour. What emerges is a world in which women's choices continue to be closely scrutinized -- a world where 'failing' at food is still perceived as a failure of femininity. A compelling rethink of contemporary femininity, this is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the sociology of food, gender studies and consumer culture." -- Publisher's description
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