Book Chapter

Food and Relationships: Children's Experiences in Residential Care



Punch S, McIntosh I, Emond R & Dorrer N (2009) Food and Relationships: Children's Experiences in Residential Care. In: James A, Kjørholt A & Tingstad V (eds.) Children, Food and Identity in Everyday Life. Studies in Childhood and Youth. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 149-171.

This chapter focuses on food practices; examining the role food plays in children’s experiences of relationship building within residential care. In particular it considers the use of food as a medium through which relationships between care workers and children can be conveyed, contested and maintained. To this extent we explore the building, entering, testing and sustaining of relationships within three residential care homes in Scotland.

children; relationships; food practices; residential care; Children Research Methodology; Child psychology; Food Social aspects; Group identity

Title of seriesStudies in Childhood and Youth
Publication date30/11/2009
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Place of publicationBasingstoke

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Professor Ruth Emond

Professor Ruth Emond

Professor, Social Work

Professor Samantha Punch

Professor Samantha Punch

Professor, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology