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23. februar 2017

Normalising Convenience Food?

Based upon the qualitative research on food habits among Danes aged 20-25 professor Bente Halkier contributed to the journal 'Food, Culture & Society' with the article 'Normalising Convenience Food? The Expectable and Acceptable Places of Convenient Food in Everyday Life among Young Danes'.

The construction of convenience food as a social and cultural category for food provisioning, cooking and eating seems to slide between or across understandings of what is considered 'proper food' in the existing discourses in everyday life and media. The article sheds light upon some of the social and cultural normativities around convenience food by describing the ways in which convenience food forms part of the daily life of young Danes. Theoretically, the article is based on a practice theoretical perspective. Empirically, the article builds upon a qualitative research project on food habits among Danes aged 20–25. The article presents two types of empirical patterns. The first types of patterns are the degree to which and the different ways in which convenience food is normalised to use among the young Danes. The second types of patterns are the normative places of convenient food in the everyday lives of young Danes.

Bente Halkier, Normalising Convenience Food? The Expectable and Acceptable Places of Convenient Food in Everyday Life among Young Danes, Food, Culture & Society, vol. 20, 2017