'The family who eats together stays together': governing families, governing health, governing pedagogies

Jo Pike, Deana Leahy

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    This chapter has attempted to review some of ways in which family meal is constructed by a selection of pedagogical resources used to promote healthy eating in schools in Australia. It suggests that pedagogical strategies and devices reinforce idealised notions of families that overlook complexities, tensions and power dynamics of intergenerational encounters and furthermore that strategies pedagogicalize families in new ways. Children never talk to their parents, they don't have a time when they sit down and discuss everything. It's one of the causes of parent's dysfunctional society, a reason why children behave so badly. However, as many have pointed out, idea of the family meal, conceived of as a heterosexual nuclear family sitting and eating an evening meal together around a table is a relatively recent invention. The championing of the family meal as the preferred mode of dining constitutes a new line of force that traverses school dining rooms, classrooms bringing family pedagogies closer in' than ever before.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFamilies, Young People, Physical Activity and Health
    Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives
    EditorsSymeon Dagkas, Lisette Burrows
    Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9781138838185
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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