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The mid-morning snack between public discourse health norms, school public and family habits: an ethnographic look at eating situations in kindergarten


Egger, Anja Sieber; Unterweger, Gisela; Kaiser, Fabienne; Buser, Fränzi (2022). The mid-morning snack between public discourse health norms, school public and family habits: an ethnographic look at eating situations in kindergarten. In: Hünersdorf, Bettina; Breidenstein, Georg; Dinkelaker, Jörg; Schnoor, Oliver; Tyagunova, Tanya. Going public? Erziehungswissenschaftliche Ethnographie und ihre Öffentlichkeiten. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 49-67.

Abstract

In our contribution, we take an ethnographic look at the practical organisation of mid-morning snack situations in three Swiss kindergartens. We understand these situations as different forms of school publics and investigate how they are interconnected with the norms and demands of public health discourse as well as with family eating habits. To do so, we analyse newspaper articles as well as documents from school health institutions and ask which norms of this discourse become visible in everyday life in kindergarten, and how these norms relate to teachers’ actions. By ethnographically looking at how teachers organise mid-morning snack situations, how they react to children’s eating practices or the food they bring with them to kindergarten, we ask whether – or rather how – these discursive norms are reframed. Not only the way parents are addressed as responsible for implementing the requirements of the discourse around healthy food differs across the three kindergartens. Also, the scope of parents’ and children’s actions and the way of performing the mid-morning snack are highly variable. This last point depends not only on the specific kindergarten and the practices of teachers but likewise on a collectivising positioning process of the families related to the neighbourhood in which the kindergarten is situated.

Abstract

In our contribution, we take an ethnographic look at the practical organisation of mid-morning snack situations in three Swiss kindergartens. We understand these situations as different forms of school publics and investigate how they are interconnected with the norms and demands of public health discourse as well as with family eating habits. To do so, we analyse newspaper articles as well as documents from school health institutions and ask which norms of this discourse become visible in everyday life in kindergarten, and how these norms relate to teachers’ actions. By ethnographically looking at how teachers organise mid-morning snack situations, how they react to children’s eating practices or the food they bring with them to kindergarten, we ask whether – or rather how – these discursive norms are reframed. Not only the way parents are addressed as responsible for implementing the requirements of the discourse around healthy food differs across the three kindergartens. Also, the scope of parents’ and children’s actions and the way of performing the mid-morning snack are highly variable. This last point depends not only on the specific kindergarten and the practices of teachers but likewise on a collectivising positioning process of the families related to the neighbourhood in which the kindergarten is situated.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kindergarten, public health discourse, mid-morning snack situations, family eating habits, healthy eating, norms, normativity, ethnography
Language:German
Date:21 August 2022
Deposited On:10 Nov 2022 15:55
Last Modified:21 Dec 2022 08:40
Publisher:Springer VS
ISBN:9783658340858
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-34085-8_4