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Families and food: beyond the "cultural turn"?

Jackson, P (2011) Families and food: beyond the "cultural turn"? Social Geography (SG), 6. pp. 63-71. ISSN 1729-4274

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This paper provides some personal reflections on the "cultural turn" in human geography including a tentative chronology of events. It outlines some of the characteristics of the "cultural turn" and some of the criticisms that have been levelled against it. In the body of the paper, I attempt to assess the value of the "cultural turn", conceptually and methodologically, as applied to two recent research projects on the geography of food and families. The paper concludes that the "cultural turn" greatly enriched the study of human geography through its analysis of discourse, representation and practice. But other approaches are required to explain broader changes in political-economy and the materiality of nature. While the "cultural turn" contributed to our understanding of materiality and our place in a more-than-human world, geographers are now also embracing other approaches such as those informed by actor-network theory and geographies of emotion, embodiment and affect. The paper concludes with an agenda for future research on the political and moral economies of food, focusing on contemporary consumer anxieties at a range of geographical scales.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Geography (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Prof Peter Jackson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 11:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 22:50
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/sgd-6-51-2010
Status: Published
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Identification Number: 10.5194/sgd-6-51-2010
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74379

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