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Families, meals and synchronicity : eating together in British dual earner families

Brannen, Julia and O'Connell, Rebecca and Mooney, Ann (2013) Families, meals and synchronicity : eating together in British dual earner families. Community, Work and Family, 16 (4). p. 417. ISSN 1366-8803. DOI 10.1080/13668803.2013.776514

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2013.776514

Abstract

Based on a sample of British dual earner families with young children drawn from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the paper examines their food practices, in particular the conditions under which families are able to eat together or not during the working week. The concept of synchronicity is drawn upon to shed light on whether meals and meal times are coordinated in family life and the facilitators and constraints upon coordination. The paper suggests that whether families eat together is not only influenced by parents’ work time schedules but also children’s timetables relating to their age and bodily tempos, their childcare regimes, their extra-curricular activities and the problem of coordinating different food preferences and tastes.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: meal patterns; dual earner households; children’s schedules; synchronicity, Age Group
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 11:01
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