Gewoon et'n: An ethnographic study of intergenerational perspectives on food practices, overweight, and obesity in Eastern Groningen, the Netherlands

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The choice of food and food practices is often associated with people's health. These choices are, however, also reflections of people's homes, of traditions, and are often shaped throughout generations. In this dissertation I move away from a focus on only healthy food and move towards an approach to understand family food choice in the light of the values, capabilities and opportunities of different family members. The study shows the considerations of children, parents and grandparents in their joint food choices. It shows that, although family members experience to have capabilities and opportunities to make a food choice for their family, the food choice process is complex, due to the diverse expectations and values with regards to the food choice and different use of agency within a families food choice process. This perspective allows a more holistic and multidimensional understanding of family food practices and creates space for interventions that go beyond changing people's food habits per se.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Hutter, Inge, Supervisor
  • Haisma, Hinke, Supervisor
  • Yousefzadeh Faal Daghati, Sepideh, Co-supervisor
Award date17-Nov-2016
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-9205-9
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-9203-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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