The cultural structuring of mealtime socialization
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2006
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New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
Special Issue: Family Mealtime as a Context of Development and Socialization
Volume 2006, Issue 111, pages 35–49, Spring 2006
How to Cite
Ochs, E. and Shohet, M. (2006), The cultural structuring of mealtime socialization. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2006: 35–49. doi: 10.1002/cd.154
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2006
Two anthropologists treat mealtimes as cultural sites for socializing children into commensality, communicative expectations, and the symbolic, moral, and sentimental meanings of food and eating. Using ethnographic evidence, they indicate how mealtime comportment is embedded in practices and ideologies relevant to children's competent membership in their families and communities.