‘Proper’ food under economic restraints: Gendered food practices and dietary health among socioeconomically disadvantaged
In Denmark, social inequality in health has risen over the past 20 years in spite of political ambitions to the contrary. At the macro-level, it is well-established across both social and health sciences that the most disadvantaged socio-economic groups are also the ones who suffer the most from poor health. But the micro-level foundations of the connections between low socioeconomic status and poor health are decidedly under-researched.
The research strategy is to combine a qualitative empirical investigation of the everyday social micro-processes in food practices under socioeconomic disadvantaged conditions with a conceptual renewal of current practice theories. Food practices are important for population health and are central to public health strategies, including discourses on ‘proper’ diet.
Food practices are also highly gendered, which is why this project combines two subprojects, each focusing on men and women respectively.
How are conditions and experiences of socioeconomic disadvantage enacted in food practices and in the handling of food related health discourses among Danish men and women?
The project has received funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Project: ‘Proper’ food under economic restraints: Gendered food practices and dietary health among socioeconomically disadvantaged