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Author: Debbie Kemmer

Title: Our Daily Bread: Food Choice and the Household Economy.

Year: 1997

ISBN: 1-900522-50-0

This paper reviews the sociological literature on employment and on the family and household structure from the perspective of the sociology of food choice. It describes current trends in household structures and employment patterns and shows how these features interact to impose constraints on, and provide opportunities for, the exercise of choice over food consumption. In the process, it identifies the limitations of research on the sociology of food to date and suggests some new directions. Finally, it makes a plea for the recognition of the symbolic importance of the preparation, provision and consumption of food not only by social scientists but also by policy makers and practitioners in the fields of nutrition, health and social welfare.