Lecture 4 – Monday, October 03, 2011
Food and social Connections
Sharing, making and exchanging food brings people together
Family, food and feminism
The gift and reciprocity
Pigs, Pork and Affines
Certeau and Giard – The nourishing acts
He was interested in the everyday practices which are repetitive
Everyday private activity
Private, personal, not public or political
Women – how much work they involve and the value of work
Food practice that are unnoticed – a place where women have been grounded. They are
interested in looking at the everyday meals
Jeanne Dielman (YouTube clip) Chantal Ackerman
o Turning the camera on the everyday and repetitive
o Turning the viewer’s gaze on this every day activity
o Small gestures that go into peeling a potato
o Under certain circumstances it can be seen as oppressive
o That is the situation under which they are writing
In France, food gives a feeling
Importance of diet for children and diet
Housewife as personal doing the buying for her family
Repetitive and knowledge less
Trying to escape the gendered roles of cooking and trying to write inside
Discovering how to cook food, she absorbed knowledge from her mother.
Small, every day, unconscious aspects of cooking. Small and not complicated cooking
New joy of cooking, she suggests that this is a link to past generations of women who
were not able to express themselves. Their knowledge and experience has travelled
forward to her.
Link between work as a cook and the work that she is doing as a writer
Doing-cooking – women’s work. Initially concerned something that doesn’t need to be
Carrington – Feeding Lesbigay Families
Food creating Family (Marjorie deVault) – sharing a meal is a family kind of thing. Same
sex couples. o Non-traditional families, how they use these normal daily practices. They are not
separate from the larger class structure, ethnicity or
o Food and feeding creates family
o Work that is necessary to prepare a meal
Food creating Identities
Rhetorical strategies: cooking/Cleaning, Cooking/Shopping
o They work to create a sense of equalitarian systems
o They are creating two jobs. they each have one half of the division
o Everyone has to help equally to the partnership
o They serve and confuse a lot of the work that gets down
o The work is not divided so clearly but in fact the two parts of the work do not
involve the same amount of work
o Knowledge of what family members like to eat. How can you make something to
o Work and recreation schedules
o Stock and ingredients in the cupboard VS what you need for the meal
o Knowledge of how long fruits and vegetables last
o These kinds of knowledge are not distributed equally
o Feeding – making a meal for people. Stages
o Most families have one meal planner. This person does a lot of the work involved
in the feeding and day to day shopping.
o Planning is – buying, and shopping every three days. Assembling the ingredients.
o Emotional management – process of establishing the preferences of others.
o This kind of work is gendered as female.
o Women are expected to do this more than men
o In the families he looked at – this social work is not divided in the couples.
Knowledge of partner. The two people in the couple did not have the same
knowledge of what the other person liked.
o One person has the need to gain more knowledge because they are doing the
o Learning about food preparation techniques
o Nutritional knowledge
o Make it clear that things such as knowledge like what you have and where to buy