Food Choices of Independent Older Working-Class Women

By Stella Maria Walsh and Peter Bramham.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study focuses on the social context and everyday food choices and consumption patterns, of older women from working-class backgrounds. It explores and examines the combined aspects of age, gender and class as social and cultural factors influencing food choices. The purpose is not to produce an accurate dietary record or historical account of food choice; it is an exploration of the taken-for-granted actions related to food choice expressed by the women themselves. It also examines the food choices of the women as they negotiate their lives as they age. Three semi-structured staged qualitative interviews collected in-depth data concerning the women’s common sense knowledge of food choice and consumption patterns including; eating habits, shopping patterns, food preparation, culinary skills, events, attitudes and beliefs. Quantative data was also collected. Key findings included the loss of gendered food roles for families and in particular men, with subsequent changes to food shopping which were then compounded by changes to the external environment. This had resulted in changes to their social logic of food choices and increasing individualism for older women.

Keywords: Food Choices, Older Women

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.31-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.310KB).

Stella Maria Walsh

Senior Lecturer, Retailing and Food, Leeds Metropoltian University, Leeds, UK

Peter Bramham

Reader, Leisure Studies, Leeds Metropoltian University, Leeds, UK


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