This cross-disciplinary volume brings together diverse perspectives on children’s food occasions inside and outside of the home across different geographical locations. By unpacking mundane food occasions - from school dinners to domestic meals and from breakfast to snacks - Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home shows the role of food in the everyday lives of children and adults around them. Investigating food occasions at home, schools and in nurseries during weekdays and holidays, this book reveals how children, mothers, fathers, teachers and other adults involved in feeding children, understand, make sense of and navigate ideological discourses of parenting, health imperatives and policy interventions.

Revealing the material and symbolic complexity of feeding children, and the role that parenting and healthy discourses play in shaping, perpetuating and transforming both feeding and eating, this volume shows how micro and macro aspects are at play in mundane and everyday practices of family life and education. This volume will be of great interested to a wide range of students and researchers interested in the sociology of family life, education, food studies and everyday consumption.

chapter Chapter 1|8 pages


part I|2 pages

School and childcare settings

chapter Chapter 4|21 pages

School meal reform and feeding ordering in Portugal

Conventions and controversies

chapter Chapter 5|21 pages

“Don’t bring me any chickens with sad wings”

Discipline, surveillance, and “communal work” in peri-urban childcare centres in Cochabamba, Bolivia

part II|2 pages

The home (and beyond)

chapter Chapter 6|20 pages

Holiday hunger

Feeding children during the school holidays

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

“My mum feeds me, but really, I eat whatever I want!”

A relational approach to feeding and eating

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Feeding in context

Eating occasions as domestic socialized practice

part III|2 pages

New Parenting Styles?

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

When fathers feed their family

The emergence of new father roles in Denmark

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

Swedish single fathers feeding the family

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages

Calibrating motherhood

chapter Chapter 12|16 pages

When intensive mothering becomes a necessity

Feeding children on the ketogenic diet