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Convenient Food for Baby: A Study of Weaning as a Social Practice

Journal article
Authors Helene Brembeck
Maria Fuentes
Published in Food, Culture and Society. An international Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 569-586
ISSN 1552-8014
Publication year 2017
Published at Centre for Consumer Science
Pages 569-586
Language en
Keywords baby food, convenience, weaning, social practice
Subject categories Business Administration, Ethnology


This article reports findings from a study of weaning from a perspective informed by practice theory. The overall aim is to examine how parents integrate convenience baby food into their everyday feeding practices. The focus is the embedding of convenience baby foods in the routines and rhythms of everyday life and the “do-ability” of different practices. The study is based on fieldwork with nineteen mothers in Falköping in western Sweden. Results show that local do-abilities emerge out of situated combinations of materials, competences, and meanings. Convenience proves to be an emergent category rather than a property of particular kinds of food.

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