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


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Beasy, K ORCID: 0000-0002-5998-1419 and Page, L 2021 , 'Exploring food cultures through art: meeting people where they are at' , Education, Language and Sociology Research, vol. 2, no. 3 , pp. 47-62 , doi: 10.22158/elsr.v2n3p47.

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

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Beasy, K and Page, L
Keywords: food, education, community, sustainability
Journal or Publication Title: Education, Language and Sociology Research
Publisher: Scholink Inc
ISSN: 2690-3644
DOI / ID Number: 10.22158/elsr.v2n3p47
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