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Exploring children's foodscapes

Journal article
Authors Helene Brembeck
Barbro Johansson
Kerstin Bergström
Pontus Engelbrektsson
Sandra Hillén
Lena Jonsson
MariAnne Karlsson
Eva Ossiansson
Helena Shanahan
Published in Children's Geographies
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 74-88
ISSN 1473-3285
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Business Administration, Marketing Group
Centre for Consumer Science
Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Pages 74-88
Language en
Keywords foodscape, children, food, eating, becoming, health
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Ethnology


In this article, we discuss children’s becoming as food consumers in the intersection of various foodscapes. We draw from a project, Children as co-researchers of foodscapes, where we have been working with children as co-researchers, using basically ethnographic methods, and as co-designers in a collaborative design effort. This article focuses on the findings from a theoretically inspired perspective, using the concept of foodscapes. These are food-related structures of different kinds, which evolve as the child explores them and where children as food consumers are generated. In this article, we highlight the scapes of taste, routines, people, things, commerce, child (as opposed to adult) and health and give brief accounts of the way the children related to them. Finally, we turn to the benefits of working with foodscapes for a better understanding of children’s becoming as food consumers in the intersection of various foodscapes. This article is based on data gathered by the children, but also on our fieldwork notes and observations following the children in their foodscapes.

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