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The Swedish backstage of the sociology of food and eating: Fractalization of boundaries in scientific work
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7970-4753
Institutionen för service management och tjänstevetenskap, Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9521-1833
2019 (English)In: Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, UK, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In recent decades, sociologists have come to take an increased interest in food, institutionalizing “the sociology of food and eating” through British sociology of the 1980’s. From the 1990's and onward, this strain of sociology has also developed and grown in the Nordic countries. Finnish and Danish sociology in particular, but also Norwegian sociology, have placed the study of eating, drinking and procuring food at the center of its disciplinary endeavors and several scholars have become influential in the sociology of consumption. But less so in Sweden, the largest Nordic country, and it is the aim of this paper to explore the reason(s) for this. In Sweden, social scientific approaches to food and eating have primarily been developed within applied food research, e.g. culinary arts and sciences, dietetics and nutrition. Here, sociological theory is often drawn upon in order to explain issues such as the development of food habits, foodwork and gastronomy, but with minimal or no ambition of sociological theory development. The “audience”, instead, has been the culinary and dietetic professions, the health sciences and public actors with an interest in consumer behavior related to food and eating. Analyzing the targeted debates and research questions posed in the sociology of food and eating in Sweden since the 1970’s, we thus explore the conspicuous absence of food in Swedish sociology, discussing possible paths for a Swedish sociology of food and eating to become as established as in Finland, Denmark and Norway. In particular, we suggest analyses of food industries, rural sociology, welfare state politics and the role of capitalism in shaping consumption through production.

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Manchester, UK, 2019.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology; Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392335OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392335DiVA, id: diva2:1348034
Conference
14th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-03

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