chapter  7
Helping themselves: men and the kitchen
Pages 18

This chapter works from the premise that shaping citizens occurs across multiple sites – many of which the accounts of liberal government and citizenship have overlooked or are not particularly equipped to recognise and discuss as such. Although the kitchen and its media comprise, in some respects, an arbitrary site from which to consider liberal government and citizenship, they have operated as a useful complex/assemblage for considering (particularly within this book’s conversation about cultural pedagogy) the shaping and performance of citizenship from a changing intersection between ‘creative’ labour, appliance, management and instruction. The analysis that follows is interested in this intersection in spatial and historical terms – the interiority and exteriority, the old and new (emergent and residual) linkage of kitchen and media. This chapter’s genealogy of the introduction of men to the kitchen charts (historically and spatially/geographically) a trend and regulated disposition, but also the play, tension, and contradictions between emergent and residual conditions through which this ‘passage’ occurred. Charting this historical passage involves examining how an early twenty-first century spatial arrangement for men’s kitchen technique, work and government acted on and operated through residual arrangements supporting women’s expertise, labour and management of kitchen space. The chapter asks, in that sense, how the historical and geographic (temporal and spatial) passage of men into the kitchen occurred through emergent and residual modalities and mediated spaces/networks of instruction and training.