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Families, meals and synchronicity: eating together in British dual earner families

Brannen, J; O'Connell, R; Mooney, A; (2013) Families, meals and synchronicity: eating together in British dual earner families. Community, Work and Family , 16 (4) pp. 417-434. 10.1080/13668803.2013.776514.

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Abstract

Based on a sample of British dual earner families with young children drawn from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the paper examines their food practices, in particular the conditions under which families are able to eat together or not during the working week. The concept of synchronicity is drawn upon to shed light on whether meals and meal times are coordinated in family life and the facilitators and constraints upon coordination. The paper suggests that whether families eat together is not only influenced by parents' work time schedules but also children's timetables relating to their age and bodily tempos, their childcare regimes, their extra-curricular activities and the problem of coordinating different food preferences and tastes. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Type: Article
Title: Families, meals and synchronicity: eating together in British dual earner families
DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2013.776514
UCL classification: UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489879
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