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    Family Meals and Competences for Healthy Eating: A Life Course Perspective
    Wahlen, S. ; Casimir, G. - \ 2015
    In: Book of Abstracts International Home Economics Conference Action for Family and Consumer Wellbeing: Home Economics Literacy Bringing Skills to Life. - - p. 13 - 13.
    NUTRITION COMPETENCIES IN EUROPEAN HOUSEHOLDS Submitted by Gerda CASIMIR, IFHE Vice-President Region of Europe In September and October 2014, a multidisciplinary group of five Wageningen University (The Netherlands) masters students executed a preliminary study on nutrition competencies in European households. The aim of the study was to discover the main impediments to acquire sufficient competencies, in order to tackle the problem of obesity and other welfare diseases. The limited timeframe of the study allowed for expert interviews and desk research. On the basis of these, the students formulated recommendations, including a list of topics for future research, namely: cookingshows; family meals; men in the kitchen;nutritional standards and limits of competitive food at schools; doctors are not nutritionexperts; supply chain power; food perception,why humans like junk food. Regarding family meals, the students state that, “although the importance of the home food environment regarding health is known, not many studies about childhood obesity prevention have included family components. The few studies that have looked at this relation have found either a positive effect or no effect at all. Furthermore, it is a complex issue as both the frequency and quality of the family meals have an effect on the health of members of a household. More research is required into the influence of this frequency and quality of family meals and the way it influences the home food environment.” The Sociology of Consumption and Households group of Wageningen University wants to take up this challenge. A research proposal is in the making.
    Consumer ethos and representations of food consumption in daily press - a German perspective
    Wahlen, S. ; Casimir, G. - \ 2015
    In: Book of Abstracts Food in Society and Culture: Research across the Social Sciences and the Humanities. - - p. 22 - 23.
    In the European Union, governmental food policy aims at safeguarding the consumer. Food safety is a major issue on the political agenda, with re-occurring food scandals substantiating the need for policy measures and initiatives protecting consumers. In most of these measures and initiatives, information is a key instrument towards safer food: only informed consumers can make informed choices. The underlying understanding embedded afore is the preconception of the what, who and how of consumers, an ethos as way of thinking about the consumer. In traditional economic thought, the rational consumer participates in market exchange and therefore needs to be empowered by information and education in order to be able to make informed choices that maximise utility. This is also the case for safe food. Accordingly, the underlying thought assumes consumers having particular capacities to process the information on the characteristics and consumption of safe food. In this research we move beyond the hegemony of the rational consumer, scrutinizing the ethos as collective ways of thinking of and about consumers. Empirically we examine representations of the consumer in daily press. We approach the collective ways of thinking and representing the (food) consumer, analysing a unique set of data, consisting of a daily newsletter that is issued by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv). The newsletter highlights newspaper articles published in national and regional newspapers or magazines that are attributed to a particular consumer interest. The newsletter is structured according to different consumption categories or clusters, such as mobility, finances, digital world, health as well as food. Each category appearing in the newsletter includes up to five newspaper articles, depending on what is currently debated in the media: most often there are one or two articles per category and day. We collected a total of 244 daily newsletters discussing food, issued over the course of the year 2014. Subsequently, we analyse the newspaper articles using atlas.ti, a computer programme that assists us to uncover the ways of thinking about the consumer in a systematic way. We conduct a discourse analysis in order to understand underlying ways of thinking about the consumer in the food consumption context. We can consequently explain how the newspaper articles construct an argument around food consumption within wider social practices. The results of our analysis come across with consumer ethos discussed in the German context during 2014. In order to set up policy measures, such as above mentioned food safety, it is crucial to know about underlying representations and ways of understanding the consumer. We propose answers to what is important and how the relevance of different aspects of food consumption can be considered in a given context. Further, we need to understand how public debates and discourses assemble the consumer in order to further develop policy initiatives and measures, thereby moving beyond considering information as the key to consumer sovereignty. Our results highlight the consumer as being shaped in and by daily press: how words and images are used in journalism to represent ways of thinking about the (food) consumer. Thereby, patterns of knowing and talking about food consumption practices and appropriate ways of eating can be scrutinised, in order to, for example, promote safer food. We have to know about the norms and values included in the ethos, to be able to see what is relevant for coming to a desired end.
    Success factors of social innovations by a community-based learning course (CBLC)
    Wink, G. ; Casimir, G. ; Goris, M. - \ 2014
    In: Paper Book, 6th Living Knowledge Conference. - Copenhagen : Aalborg University - ISBN 9788793053021 - p. 363 - 376.
    This is the success story of a community-based learning course (CBLC) project addressing the concerns of the international community of students and staff of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WageningenUR). A joint effort of this community, WageningenUR and social entrepreneurs resulted in social innovations for this community: an informative website and film about the available healthcare, explaining cultural differences. The film had 1,671 views (at 28-02-2014) and became part of the introduction programme of WageningenUR. At WageningenUR every year over 150 teams execute a ‘real-life’ project in the CBL course ‘Academic Consultancy Training’. In this course advanced Master students execute assignments commissioned by external commissioners in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. What can be learned from this particular case of CBLC that successfully resulted in social innovations? The following factors contributed to the results of this CBLC project: 1) Collaboration and/or involvement of stakeholders in the different steps, before, during and after the CBLC project 2) Every step fitted within an interest or existing initiative of stakeholders involved 3) The CBLC team made the stories of international students about healthcare explicit 4) The stories reached the WageningenUR board 5) The CBLC team proposed constructive recommendations which supported follow-up action 6) The social action-oriented commissioner with network enabled follow-up action 7) The commissioner discussed sensitive issues. Lessons learned for the selection and guidance of future CBLC projects: 1) This case confirms the importance of attention for stakeholder involvement in the projects; 2) Projects in which stories of a community are made explicit, can be powerful in raising concern for this community; 3) Importance of formulation of constructive action-oriented recommendations; 4) Probe potential commissioners about how they expect they will share and use the results within their network.
    Success factors of health promoting social innovations by a community-based learning course (3)
    Wink, G. ; Casimir, G. ; Goris, M. - \ 2014
    In: Abstract Book 6th Living Knowledge Conference. - Copenhagen : Aalborg University - ISBN 9788793053021 - p. 106 - 106.
    Epilogue, about Anke Niehof
    Butijn, C.A.A. ; Casimir, G.J. ; Ophem, J.A.C. van - \ 2013
    In: The arena of everyday life / Butijn, C.A.A., van Ophem, J.A.C., Casimir, G.J., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Mansholt publication series 12) - ISBN 9789086862214 - p. 161 - 169.
    The home-work balance of telecommuters: ten years after
    Casimir, G.J. - \ 2013
    In: The arena of everyday life / Butijn, C.A.A., Ophem, J.A.C., Casimir, G.J., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Mansholt publication series 12) - ISBN 9789086862214 - p. 143 - 160.
    In 2001, my doctoral dissertation on the impact of telecommuting on the division of labour in the domestic setting ended with the notion that boundaries between work and home are increasingly blurred. In this study, I investigated if this trend actually took place, by means of an analysis of articles in Dutch and Belgian newspapers and (popular) magazines between 2001 and 2011. A quantitative content analysis and a qualitative domain analysis were conducted. Between 2001 and 2011, 438 articles were published on telecommuting, household or family, and balance or the combination of work and private life. There was a peak (84) for these articles in 2008. In 141 articles, traffic congestion was an issue, for which telecommuting could be one of the solutions. The policy plans of Dutch ministries or labour unions also gained much attention (90 in total). Improved productivity was mentioned in 87 articles and flexibility in 233. For many telecommuters, and for their employers, a better balance between work and home was the reason for this way of working. In most cases, this balance is positively assessed. However, there are drawbacks as well. Domestic activities can distract the telecommuter.
    On the arena of everyday life
    Butijn, C.A.A. ; Ophem, J.A.C. van; Casimir, G.J. - \ 2013
    In: The arena of everyday life / Butijn, C.A.A., van Ophem, J.A.C., Casimir, G.J., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Mansholt publication series 12) - ISBN 9789086862214 - p. 15 - 19.
    The arena of everyday life
    Butijn, C.A.A. ; Ophem, J.A.C. van; Casimir, G.J. - \ 2013
    Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Mansholt publication series no. 12) - ISBN 9789086867752 - 174
    middelen van bestaan - strategieën voor levensonderhoud - huishoudens - sociale ontwikkeling - volksgezondheid - vrouw en samenleving - consumenten - huishoudkunde - sociologie - livelihoods - livelihood strategies - households - social development - public health - woman and society - consumers - home economics - sociology
    In 'The arena of everyday life' nine authors look back and forward at developments in the sociology of consumers and households. Nine chapters show variety in the employed methods, from multivariate analyses of survey data to classical essays. The contributions are organised around four themes. In the first theme, two chapters entail a critical discussion of the concepts livelihood and household. The second part deals with health, in particular food security, hygiene and aids/HIV. The third theme focuses on female opportunities to foster income procurement of household by respectively microfinance and entrepreneurship. The fourth theme concentrates on two topical societal developments in a Western society, the first chapter dealing with the issue of creating opportunities for tailor-made services to older people, the second one focussing on the home-work balance of telecommuters.
    Communication technology and the concept of home: A comparison of qualitative methods
    Casimir, G. ; Tobi, H. - \ 2012
    Academic Consultancy Training - The experiences of Wageningen University
    Scheepers, B. ; Jacobs, J.G.M. ; Kavvouris, C. ; Casimir, G. ; Verkooijen, B. ; Heuvelmans, K. ; Blok, M. - \ 2012
    Maatschappelijk relevant leren bij Wageningen Universiteit
    Casimir, Gerda - \ 2012
    Zum Verbraucherverständnis in der Tagespresse
    Wahlen, S. ; Casimir, G. - \ 2012
    Interaction of societal development and communication technoloy
    Casimir, G. - \ 2011
    International Journal of Home Economics 4 (2011)1. - ISSN 1999-561X - 13 p.
    Societal development has always been influenced by technology, and by information and communication technology (ICT) in particular. Communication technology has an impact on daily life: Consumption patterns and daily activities change, the concept of a household is affected, and the organisation of domestic labour is supported by the technology. Despite a vast number of articles written on this subject area, there is still little research done in the field of Home Economics. This aim of the article is to formulate a preliminary research agenda.
    Defining and using the concept of household: a systematic review
    Casimir, G.J. ; Tobi, H. - \ 2011
    International Journal of Consumer Studies 35 (2011)5. - ISSN 1470-6423 - p. 498 - 506.
    rural households - forest products - time allocation - income - work - care - consumption - family - framework - health
    Consumption and/or domestic activities in the private domain are much studied subjects. In the field of home economics and related fields of study, the household is the main unit of analysis. This paper focuses on how the household is conceptualized in literature during 2000–2010. The paper contains two lines of investigation. The first questions whether and in which way the household is defined in a selection of peer-reviewed articles of which the concept is part of the title. The second is about the multifaceted nature of the concept and elicits the facets that feature in the articles. A systematic review was performed using the bibliographic database Web of Science, as it covers different branches of science, including, but not limited to, home economics, developmental sociology, environmental sciences and transportation. The search was formulated by means of a Boolean expression. Articles were included when they were written in English, published between 2000 and 2010, and contained Househ* in title and Theor* in the topic, and either member* or product* or care or livelihood in the topic. Abstracts and full papers were assigned to Atlas.ti, a program for computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Bottom-up and top-down coding procedures were used for a domain analysis and a quantitative content analysis. The results show that very few (less than 10%) of the papers give a definition of the concept ‘household’. Instead, some papers give a study description based on so-called household characteristics, thereby implicitly indicating dimensions of the concept. In the Results sections, some of the characteristics used for inclusion or exclusion of study participants are mentioned, but also other characteristics. It is concluded that descriptions of households do contain commonly used facets that together construct the concept of household as a group of people sharing resources, expenditures and activities.
    Academic Consultancy Training: Communicatie vaardigheden trainen aan de hand van actuele ervaringen en reflecties.
    Casimir, Gerda - \ 2008
    Academic Consultancy Training: Communicatie vaardigheden trainen aan de hand van actuele ervaringen en refecties
    Willemen, M. ; Casimir, G.J. - \ 2008
    De genderaspecten van Huishoudstudies/Verzorging
    Casimir, G.J. - \ 2008
    Jongleren : vakblad voor docenten verzorging 2008 (2008)herfst. - ISSN 1386-551X - p. 8 - 12.
    Home Economics and Households: a comparative perspective
    Casimir, G.J. ; Niehof, A. - \ 2008
    In: The XXI IFHE World congress in cooperation with International Federation of Home Econmics, 26 - 31 July, Lucerne, Switzerland. - - p. 40 - 40.
    Academic Consultancy Training and Sustainability Education within Wageningen Universit
    Stomph, T.J. ; Wesselink, R. ; Casimir, G.J. - \ 2008
    In: Proceedings of the Engineering Education in Sustainable Development (EESD) Conference 2008. - Graz, Switzerland : - p. 308 - 309.
    The impact of horse ownership on activities in the domestic setting
    Casimir, G.J. - \ 2007
    In: Changing families and their lifestyles / Moerbeek, H.H.S, Niehof, A., van Ophem, J.A.C., Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers (Mansholt Publications serie 5) - ISBN 9789086860517 - p. 231 - 250.
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