publication . Article . 2019

Growing consumers through production and play: a phenomenological exploration of food growing in the school foodscape

Hamilton, LA; Surman, EL;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2019 Journal: Sociology, volume 53, pages 468-485 (issn: 0038-0385, eissn: 1469-8684, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This article adopts a phenomenological perspective to illustrate how gardens become important spaces where children informally encounter, produce, consume and learn about food. We extend the theoretical concept of the ‘foodscape’ by applying it to both childhood production and consumption and, drawing on qualitative insights from two UK school gardening clubs, show why bodily and sensory phenomena are central to unlocking the potential for foodscapes as learning environments. We highlight how sensory engagement with ‘mess’ and ‘dirt’ normally dissociated from food retail and service enhances the agentic capacity of children as growers and consumers. Our central ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Outdoor education, Food processing, business.industry, business, Sociology, Social science, Phenomenology (philosophy), HF
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