Fixing Food to Fix Families: Feeding Risk Discourse and the Family Meal
This article examines mothering rhetorics as they relate to feeding the family. The analysis is grounded in public, popular, and institutional texts about family meals and focus-group data from 31 mothers talking about their experiences and perceptions of family meals. The author demonstrates how family meal discourses work as a reproducing rhetoric that moralizes maternal feeding work. The author argues that family meal discourse is problematic because it obscures the ways in which it is mother-targeted and mother-blaming; suppresses maternal voice and misrepresents family food labor; and regulates maternal activity, and thus identity.
Kinser, Amber E.. 2017. Fixing Food to Fix Families: Feeding Risk Discourse and the Family Meal. Women's Studies in Communication. Vol.40(1). 29-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2016.1207001 ISSN: 0749-1409