Governing food choices: a critical analysis of school food pedagogies and young people's responses in contemporary times

Deana Leahy, Jan Wright

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    Recently a proliferation and intensification of school programmes
    that are directed towards teaching children and young people about
    food has been witnessed. Whilst there is much to learn about food,
    anxieties concerning the obesity epidemic have dramatically shaped
    how schools address the topic. This article draws on governmentality
    to consider ‘the conditions of possibility’ for teaching about food in
    contemporary times. In particular the form that knowledge about
    food takes in the midst of an obesity epidemic, the authorities on
    which it draws for its legitimacy and the learnings made possible are
    considered. To do this two Australian studies investigating students’
    engagement with school-health knowledge are considered. It is
    suggested that the obesity epidemic has potently shaped the ways
    schools seek to teach about food and the possibilities for how young
    people come to understand their own, and others’, food choices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233 - 246
    Number of pages14
    JournalCambridge Journal of Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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