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Fjellström, Christina
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Neuman, N., Gottzén, L. & Fjellström, C. (2019). Distinctions and boundaries: Men's talk about food celebrities. British Food Journal, 121(2), 520-532
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Distinctions and boundaries: Men's talk about food celebrities
2019 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 121, no 2, p. 520-532Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how a group of men relate to food celebrities in the contemporary Swedish food-media landscape, especially celebrity chefs on TV.

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews with 31 men in Sweden (22-88 years of age), with different backgrounds and with a variety of interest in food.

Findings

The paper demonstrates different ways in which the men relate to food celebrities. The men produce cultural distinctions of taste and symbolic boundaries, primarily related to gender and age, but also class. Through this, a specific position of ‘just right’ emerged. This position is about aversion to excess, such as exaggerated gendered performances or pretentious forms of cooking. One individual plays a particularly central role in the stories: actor and celebrity chef Per Morberg. He comes across as a complex cultural figure: a symbol of slobbish and tasteless cooking and a symbol of excess. At the same time, he is mentioned as the sole example of the exact opposite – as a celebrity chef who represents authenticity.

Practical implications

Scholars and policy makers must be careful of assuming culinary or social influence on consumers from food celebrities simply based on their media representations. As shown here and in similar studies, people relate to them and interpret their performances in a variety of ways.

Originality/value

This is one of the few studies that target the role of food celebrities in contemporary Western consumer culture from the point of view of the consumers rather than analyses of media representations.

Keywords
celebrity chefs, food media, gender, masculinity, symbolic boundaries, cultural distinctions
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357503 (URN)10.1108/BFJ-05-2018-0295 (DOI)000468888100021 ()
Available from: 2018-08-16 Created: 2018-08-16 Last updated: 2019-08-08Bibliographically approved
Persson Osowski, C. & Fjellström, C. (2019). Understanding the ideology of the Swedish tax-paid school meal. Health Education Journal, 78(4), 388-398
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding the ideology of the Swedish tax-paid school meal
2019 (English)In: Health Education Journal, ISSN 0017-8969, E-ISSN 1748-8176, Vol. 78, no 4, p. 388-398Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Children are provided with food at school in various ways. In Sweden, free school lunches are provided to all children of compulsory school age. Internationally, Sweden is fairly unique in this sense, which makes the country an important example to study and reflect upon.

Objective: This article aims to describe the welfare ideology that underpins the provision of school meals in Sweden.

Setting: Schools in Sweden.

Method: The ideological underpinnings of the free school lunches provided in Sweden are described using the Seven Elements of Public Meals framework, which comprises the elements of welfare, health, sustainability, learning, social environment, physical environment and food.

Results: Our findings suggest that school meal provision in Sweden is seen as a universal welfare service and a part of public health work. Meals are to be sustainable and are regarded as a learning occasion. The importance of the social and physical environment is accentuated, and when it comes to the quality of the food served, the school meal has improved over the years.

Conclusion: The choice of food in schools is increasingly expected to be guided by personal choice. However, the privilege of being served a shared free school meal comes at the cost of less individual choice.

National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-361048 (URN)10.1177/0017896918798421 (DOI)000466429700002 ()
Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
Neuman, N., Gottzén, L. & Fjellström, C. (2017). Masculinity and the sociality of cooking in men’s everyday lives. Sociological Review, 65(4), 816-831
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Masculinity and the sociality of cooking in men’s everyday lives
2017 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954X, Vol. 65, no 4, p. 816-831Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how 31 Swedish men (22–88 years old) talk about the sociality of domestic cooking in everyday life. We demonstrate how domestic cooking – for oneself, for others and with others – is part of the understanding of contemporary Swedish men and how the expressed sociality of cooking is intertwined with accomplishments of masculinity. The sociality of cooking is not only about homosocial leisure but also a way for men to maintain heterosocial relationships and assume domestic responsibility. We discuss a potential cultural transition in men's domestic meal sociality and suggest the need for studies of gendered divisions of domestic work and the sociology of food to analyse how cooking shares similar properties to those of commensality, and the implications of this regarding gender relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Gender Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301493 (URN)10.1111/1467-954X.12420 (DOI)000423278000016 ()
Available from: 2016-08-23 Created: 2016-08-23 Last updated: 2018-03-12Bibliographically approved
Neuman, N., Gottzén, L. & Fjellström, C. (2017). Narratives of progress: Cooking and gender equality among Swedish men. Journal of Gender Studies, 26(2), 151-163
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Narratives of progress: Cooking and gender equality among Swedish men
2017 (English)In: Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, E-ISSN 1465-3869, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 151-163Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Feminist food studies have repeatedly identified a dichotomy of ‘masculine’ self-oriented cooking as leisure and ‘feminine’ other and care-oriented foodwork (meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning up after meals). However, recent research suggests that there is a great deal of variety and contradiction in men’s accounts of their cooking practices. For example, men may find cooking a tedious and stressful responsibility and foodwork a fatherly duty. This article draws on interviews with 31 Swedish men from 22 to 88 years of age, and explores stories about cooking and foodwork as part of their everyday lives and their life transitions and how these relate to broader notions of food and gender equality. The data illuminating the men’s stories can be synthesised into two narratives of progress: a narrative of progress in gender equality in Sweden, where men’s participation in household labour has become taken for granted, and a narrative of culinary progress among Swedish men in general and among some of the interviewed men themselves. We agree with previous scholars who have argued for a reconsideration of the simplistic picture of men’s cooking as only being for the self and for leisure. We further show how the men express foodwork as a self-evident responsibility, regardless of whether the men find it fun or not, and that a desirable masculinity is represented by a man whose cooking skills have progressed beyond the survival level and who is more gender equal than what are perceived to be less-progressive men from previous generations and foreign cultural backgrounds.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2017
Keywords
Men, masculinities, foodwork, cooking, gender equality, progress narratives
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-263076 (URN)10.1080/09589236.2015.1090306 (DOI)000399923500004 ()
Available from: 2015-09-25 Created: 2015-09-25 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Fjellström, C. & Mattsson Sydner, Y. (2017). Social Significance of Older Peoples Meals: Balancing Adaptive Strategies Between Ideals and Structure (2ed.). In: Monique M. Raats, Lisette C.P.G.M. de Groot & Dieneke van Asselt (Ed.), Food for the Aging Population: (pp. 83-98). Oxford: Woodhead Publishing Limited
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social Significance of Older Peoples Meals: Balancing Adaptive Strategies Between Ideals and Structure
2017 (English)In: Food for the Aging Population / [ed] Monique M. Raats, Lisette C.P.G.M. de Groot & Dieneke van Asselt, Oxford: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2017, 2, p. 83-98Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Meals in everyday life, including selection of food, commensality, and culinary rules are important for people’s identity. The complexity of meals is multifaceted and includes several dimensions. Growing old and being dependent may alter an individual’s food habits, which could affect the social significance of meals in everyday life. To manage food provision in old age and the well-known problems related to this scope of organization policymaking is a common approach. However, applying policies in reality is difficult and can cause dilemmas in everyday life, which is referred to as the policy–practice gap. Adaptive strategies must be used to manage this gap and thereby to reach food security, which is a human right.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2017 Edition: 2
Series
Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-309614 (URN)978-0-08-100348-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-12-06 Last updated: 2016-12-14
Bergman, K., Fjellström, C. & Elmståhl, H. (2016). New Dietary Advice in Sweden –How are they perceived?: Responses  to a holistic approach. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Nutrition Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New Dietary Advice in Sweden –How are they perceived?: Responses  to a holistic approach
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Keywords
Dietary guidelines
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298160 (URN)
External cooperation:
Conference
Nordic Nutrition Conference
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved
Fjellström, C. (Ed.). (2015). Klagandets diskurs - matforskare reflekterar (1ed.). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Klagandets diskurs - matforskare reflekterar
2015 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. p. 222 Edition: 1
Series
Studia cibi nutritionisque Upsaliensia ; 1
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253151 (URN)978-91-554-9176-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-07-07
Fjellström, C. (2015). Konsten att äta (1ed.). In: Christina Fjellström (Ed.), Klagandets diskurs: matforskare reflekterar (pp. 15-19). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Konsten att äta
2015 (Swedish)In: Klagandets diskurs: matforskare reflekterar / [ed] Christina Fjellström, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015, 1, p. 15-19Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Studia cibi nutritionisque Upsaliensia ; 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253152 (URN)978-91-554-9176-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-05-22
Fjellström, C. & Neuman, N. (2015). Missnöjets ansikte: att vara till besvär eller tiga still (1ed.). In: Christina Fjellström (Ed.), Klagandets diskurs: matforskare reflekterar (pp. 185-197). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Missnöjets ansikte: att vara till besvär eller tiga still
2015 (Swedish)In: Klagandets diskurs: matforskare reflekterar / [ed] Christina Fjellström, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015, 1, p. 185-197Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Studia cibi nutritionisque Upsaliensia
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252767 (URN)978-91-554-9167-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2015-05-22
Fjellström, C., Mattsson Sydner, Y., Sidenvall, B., Raats, M. & Lumbers, M. (2015). Organization, responsibility and practice of food provision in home-help service: an exploratory study among professionals. British Food Journal, 117(7), 1921-1932
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organization, responsibility and practice of food provision in home-help service: an exploratory study among professionals
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2015 (English)In: British Food Journal, ISSN 0007-070X, E-ISSN 1758-4108, Vol. 117, no 7, p. 1921-1932Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - In the home help service, food provision is one common welfare service that involves different professionals at different levels within a social organisation. The purpose of this paper is to examine how different professionals involved in this sector view and describe their work and responsibilities.

Design/methodology/approach - A qualitative study was designed based on interviews with 17 professionals representing different positions in the organisation, and an inductive thematic analysis was carried out.

Findings - The various professionals' views of food provision mainly focus on the meal box and other meals seem to receive much less attention. The professionals also illuminated their respective roles within the food provision organisation by means of boundaries and split responsibilities, and expressed a view of food provision as an issue for outsourcing. The restricted manner in which food provision was viewed and described illuminates a risk of food insecurity for dependent people in home help service situations.

Originality/value - The restriction of how food provision was viewed and described illuminates a risk of food insecurity for dependent people in home help service.

National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252023 (URN)10.1108/BFJ-08-2014-0278 (DOI)000357387100008 ()
Available from: 2015-04-28 Created: 2015-04-28 Last updated: 2018-05-28Bibliographically approved
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