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Exploring food cultures through art: meeting people where they are at


Beasy, K and Page, L, Exploring food cultures through art: meeting people where they are at, Education, Language and Sociology Research, 2, (3) pp. 47-62. ISSN 2690-3644 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.22158/elsr.v2n3p47


Engaging people in critical conversations about food practices is often challenging. In this paper, we explore how an exhibition was used as an educative site to explore food insecurity and food cultures and to promote food ethics and healthy eating. Surveys and interviews from the opening night of an exhibition were collected and Bourdieu’s habitus was used to theoretically inform analysis. The diversity of artworks displayed were found to provoke critical reflection about food cultures among participants. Findings revealed the exhibition was a non-intrusive space for meeting people ‘where they were at’ in understandings of food and food practice. Artworks were found to evoke reflections on food as a cultural phenomenon and as a deeply personal component of everyday worlds. The tensions in making food choices and food as agentic in participants lives were highlighted. Findings suggest that exhibitions may support critical engagement with food practice when audiences are given opportunities to discuss their thoughts and ideas.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:food, education, community, sustainability
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Continuing and community education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
UTAS Author:Page, L (Ms Leah Page)
ID Code:145409
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-07-20
Last Modified:2021-09-30
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