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Oljans, E., Elmståhl, H., Mattsson Sydner, Y. & Hjälmeskog, K. (2017). From nutrients to wellbeing identifying discourses of food in relation to health in syllabi. Pedagogy, Culture & Society.
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2017 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food and health have long had dominant position within the subject of Home Economics (HE) in Sweden. However, what constitutes a proper diet, and how it is associated with a healthy lifestyle changes over time. In this article, a discourse analytic approach combined with a didactic perspective are used as the theoretical frame. The aim is to explore how food in relation to health has been constructed within the syllabus of HE. Six HE syllabi from 1962 to 2011 were analysed. From the results three different discourses were identified and named after their main areas of focus: (i) the medical discourse, (ii) the consumer discourse and (iii) the human ecological discourse. Each discourse represents a different way of constructing food in relation to health, and different representations have dominated over the past fifty years. The construction of food in relation to health is thereby seen in its historical and cultural context according to what this knowledge content includes or excludes.

National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330552 (URN)10.1080/14681366.2017.1345974 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-10-02 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2017-10-04Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L. & Hjälmeskog, K. (2017). The "ideal" food consumer in Home Economics: A study of Swedish textbooks from 1962 to 2011. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 41(3), 237-244.
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2017 (English)In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 41, no 3, 237-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Is the ideal food consumer, educated in Home Economics in Sweden, one who makes sustainable choices? By examining Home Economics textbooks for lower secondary school published from 1962 to 2011, we explored what kind of food consumers emerged and thus open up a discussion on sustainability and food consumption. One standard textbook from each decade, in total six, was included in the study, and the passages dealing with food, as core content, were analyzed. Discourse analysis was used to reveal different characterizations of the ideal consumers, specifically in relation to sustainable food consumption. Three different discourses emerged: (a) the healthy and obedient consumer, (b) the healthy, thrifty, and caring consumer, and (c) the healthy, thrifty, and environmentally conscious consumer. There were both similarities and differences among these consumers, specifically regarding what knowledge they are shown to need and how they are supposed to learn. All three consumers are primarily motivated by health arguments, even though health is related to finances in the second and to both finances and environment in the third case. Furthermore, we found a common tendency for textbooks to express knowledge in a prescriptive way, with the implied belief that people are rational food consumers. This tendency leads us to suggest that the discussion about future consumer education and textbooks could be broadened and strengthened by the inclusion of a participative and critical approach and social responsibility.

Keyword
consumer education, Home and Consumer Studies, Home Economics, sustainable food consumption, textbooks
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321172 (URN)10.1111/ijcs.12329 (DOI)000398573300001 ()
Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Hjälmeskog, K. (2015). Barn, mat och miljö (1ed.). In: Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog (Ed.), Barn, mat och måltider: (pp. 143-158). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
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2015 (Swedish)In: Barn, mat och måltider / [ed] Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, 1, 143-158 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015 Edition: 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284278 (URN)978-91-40-69112-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-16 Created: 2016-04-16 Last updated: 2016-04-16
Benn, J. & Hjälmeskog, K. (Eds.). (2015). Barn, mat och måltider (1ed.). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
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2015 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015. 168 p. Edition: 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283530 (URN)9789140691125 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-16
Benn, J. & Hjälmeskog, K. (2015). Efterord (1ed.). In: Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog (Ed.), Barn, mat och måltider: (pp. 159-163). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
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2015 (Swedish)In: Barn, mat och måltider / [ed] Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, 1, 159-163 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015 Edition: 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284279 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-16 Created: 2016-04-16 Last updated: 2016-04-16
Hjälmeskog, K. (2015). Inledning: Mat ett mångfacetterat fenomen (1ed.). In: Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog (Ed.), Barn, mat och måltider: (pp. 9-22). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
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2015 (Swedish)In: Barn, mat och måltider / [ed] Jette Benn & Karin Hjälmeskog, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, 1, 9-22 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015 Edition: 1
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-284277 (URN)978-91-40-69112-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-16 Created: 2016-04-16 Last updated: 2016-04-16
Hjälmeskog, K. (2014). A think piece: Consumer Education for a Sustainable Society, Swedish Home and Consumer Studies as an Example. Journal of the Japan Association of Home Economics Education, 57(2), 1-8.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of the Japan Association of Home Economics Education, ISSN 0386-2666 / 0386-2666, Vol. 57, no 2, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tokyo, Japan: Japan Association of Home Economics Education (JAHEE), 2014
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283526 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-13 Created: 2016-04-13 Last updated: 2016-04-13
Höijer, K., Hjälmeskog, K. & Fjellström, C. (2014). The role of food selection in Swedish Home Economics: the educational visions and cultural meaning. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53(5), 484-502.
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2014 (English)In: Ecology of Food and Nutrition, ISSN 0367-0244, E-ISSN 1543-5237, Vol. 53, no 5, 484-502 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores foods talked about and chosen in the education of Swedish Home Economics as a relationship between structural processes and agency. Three data sets from observations and focus group interviews with teachers and students were analyzed for food classifications. These were related to a culinary triangle of contradictions, showing factors of identity, convenience and responsibility. Results show that foods talked about and chosen by teachers and students were reflections of dominant cultural values. Results also indicate that teachers had more agency than students, but that the choices they made were framed by educational visions and cultural values.

National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202694 (URN)10.1080/03670244.2013.870072 (DOI)000340493700002 ()
Available from: 2013-06-25 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
Hjälmeskog, K. (2013). Alla dessa val: att växa som skokonsument. In: Carin Eriksson Lindvall, Kerstin Rydbeck & Louise Rügheimer (Ed.), Skor är huvudsaken: sjutton kvinnliga forskares funderingar om skor. En essäsamling. (pp. 42-44). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet.
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2013 (Swedish)In: Skor är huvudsaken: sjutton kvinnliga forskares funderingar om skor. En essäsamling. / [ed] Carin Eriksson Lindvall, Kerstin Rydbeck & Louise Rügheimer, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet , 2013, 42-44 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2013
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207870 (URN)978-91-506-2334-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-09-19 Created: 2013-09-19 Last updated: 2013-11-15Bibliographically approved
Höijer, K., Fjellström, C. & Hjälmeskog, K. (2013). Learning space for food: exploring three Home Economics classrooms. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 21(3), 449-469.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning space for food: exploring three Home Economics classrooms
2013 (English)In: Pedagogy, Culture & Society, ISSN 1468-1366, E-ISSN 1747-5104, Vol. 21, no 3, 449-469 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies on children’s learning about food commonly focus on socialisation within a temporal perspective taking an interest in linear and developmental issues, where the home is assumed as the primary place for learning food skills that should be deepened through education in Home Economics. Home Economics concern topics that are related to our private domestic life but education takes place in the public setting of school which indicates that here is a tension built into the subject. This article explores how a classroom can be understood and explored beyond a temporal framework when studying children’s learning about food in Home Economics. Observations from three Swedish Home Economics classrooms are explored with a spatial perspective concerning material, network and power aspects. A spatial perspective makes the challenges of Home Economics visible which can aid in further development of professional methods for teaching about food.

National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194716 (URN)10.1080/14681366.2013.809374 (DOI)
Available from: 2013-02-18 Created: 2013-02-18 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
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