Social Interactions And Ideals Of A Public Eating Place

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Social Interactions and Ideals in a Public Eating place

In the article, Place, Ethics, and Everyday Eating: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods written by Josèe Johnston, Alexandra Rodney, and Michelle Szabo questions of how ‘ethical eating’ is different based on the neighborhood a person is in and eats at. Also, part of their research question includes how class plays a part in ethical eating. Interviews of families from two different Toronto neighborhoods, those who have a high income and those who have low income, was the method used to obtained evidence for their research question. Participants were interviewed twice, and asked to take about 20 photos of their food. Johnston, Rodney, and Szabo are trying to illuminate on how eating places are not direct in maintaining and reproducing two different classes through food practices. Comparing their results they found that the dominate upper/middle class neighborhood had more idea of healthy and ethical eating habits, unlike the lower class neighborhood who had little awareness and more fast food choices than healthy. Looking at the idealized heathy eating for both neighborhoods, results also show how upper/middle class was more conscious of choices and healthy eating again unlike the lower class was concerned with fast food and little references to ‘ethical eating.’ The theory of understanding and practicing of healthy food choices are shaped by social class and the neighborhood families live in.

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