Food practices as situated action: Exploring and designing for everyday food practices with households

Rob Comber, Jettie Hoonhout, Aart Van Halteren, Paula Moynihan, Patrick Olivier

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    Household food practices are complex. Many people are unable to effectively respond to challenges in their food environment to maintain diets considered to be in line with national and international standards for healthy eating. We argue that recognizing food practices as situated action affords opportunities to identify and design for practiced, local and achievable solutions to such food problems. Interviews and shop-a-longs were carried as part of a contextual inquiry with ten households. From this, we identify food practices, such as fitting food, stocking up, food value transitions, and having fun with others and how these practices are enacted in different ways with varied outcomes. We explore how HCI might respond to these practices through issues of social fooding, the presence of others, conceptions about food practices and food routines.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31st


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
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    • Everyday practice
    • Food
    • Health
    • Situated action

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