Representing a ‘good family’ : middle-class teenagers’ food, health and activity discourses: Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth International Conference

Mei-Li Roberts, Wendy J. Wills, Julia Lawton, Donna MacKinnon, Kathryn Backett-Milburn

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Abstract

This paper draws on data from a qualitative study in Scotland which focuses on middle class teenagers (aged 13-15 years) with a range of BMIs. The paper examines the representation of a ‘good family’ through looking at young people’s discourses surrounding food, health and activity practices. For example, young people’s discussions regarding family meals are often centred around the importance of the family eating together, sitting at a table and eating a ‘balanced’ diet. Contradictions between the presentation of what young people believe constitutes a ‘good’ family and their actual family practices will also be explored. For instance, although young people emphasise the importance of a ‘good’ family sitting at the table and eating together, in practice, this may only occur occasionally. Finally, we will examine the way in which being a ‘healthy’ adolescent in a ‘healthy’ family is equated with being a ‘good’ or ‘moral’ individual, for example, by comparison with other families/adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCentre for the Study of Childhood and Youth
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • family
  • middle-class

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