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Record number 509024
Title How convenient!? Adolescents’ vistas on food competences in a convenience context
Author(s) Wahlen, S.; Horst, Hilje van der; Pothoff, Roosje
Source British Food Journal 118 (2016)11. - ISSN 0007-070X - p. 2828 - 2838.
Department(s) Sociology of Consumption and Households
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) competences - social practices - convenience foods - adolescence - food consumption
Abstract Purpose – Adolescents are at a stage in their life course in which they increasingly become choosers, buyers and preparers of food. Hence, they develop and employ required competences. Current food-related competences of adolescents are shaped in an environment with an abundance of convenience foods. Simultaneously food education has been limited in many western countries. The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize how young practitioners engage with the notion of convenience in a context with a strong presence of convenience foods.
Design/methodology/approach – Empirical data for this paper have been collected in a Dutch high school context following a participatory approach in focus group discussions. Data have been gathered from different food-related exercises within a classroom context.
Findings – The findings indicate that adolescents’ food competences and meanings are heavily shaped by the abundant presence of convenience foods. Adolescents perceive a nuanced picture of a skilful consumer that incorporates convenience foods in ways that minimize time efforts, preserves some preparatory tasks for fun cooking and has knowledge about health effects of fatty and salty foods. Originality/value – The investigation takes a novel look on convenience food consumption from a practice perspective scrutinizing competences through the lens of adolescent practitioners. The authors make a plea for tapping into the potential of research on children and adolescents as novice performers of practices to understand how practices are shaped and changed and how practices recruit new practitioners.
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