In(Form)Ality: Children’S Identity and Family Meals

This research seeks to examine children’s relation to food in the context of the domestic family environment. It considers the central role given to the family meal as part of children’s food socialization and examines the ways in which children engage in these family events. While largely conceptual it reports on qualitative and survey work with children that draws on their accounts of eating. It suggests that children both conform with eating conventions but also find ways to exercise some agency and influence over family meals.


David Marshall (2011) ,"In(Form)Ality: Children’S Identity and Family Meals", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9, eds. Alan Bradshaw, Chris Hackley, and Pauline Maclaran, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 61-63.


David Marshall, University of Edinburgh


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9 | 2011

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