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Food in Nordic everyday life - A comparative survey of change and stability in eating patterns

The project investigates the everyday eating practices of four Nordic populations. How do people in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway organize their daily eating? The aim is to understand modern living in more depth and to find out whether eating today is highly individualized largely neglecting old habits and norms regarding proper eating – or, whether these traditions still prevail.

The study of change and variation in food habits is an entrance to explore wider social themes, such as how modern living is structured by time rhythms and organization of society, how social relations are coordinated, how identity is reflected in daily consumption, how norms may differ from practices and how men and women differ with respect to daily habits and routines.

Current structures and emerging patterns in food purchase (e.g., convenience food), domestic food preparation, and eating away from home are critical not only for the development of new food products or service systems but also for public policies addressing both health and environmental issues.

The project will investigate the acquisition, preparation, timing, presentation, location, companionship, and selection of food using survey methodology including representative samples of four Nordic populations.

In addition, the study aims at methodological development to capture trends and social variations in eating patterns over time. It will link up to an earlier Nordic study from 1997, and thus offers a unique opportunity to study social change within a central area of contemporary consumption.

Professor Lotte Holm, professor at Copenhagen University is project coordinator. Read more at the projects homepage

Participating researchers from CFK:
Marianne Pipping Ekström, associate professor

Funded by The Joint Committe for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) 2011-2014

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