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social significance of dining out, TheA study of continuity and change$
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Alan Warde, Jessica Paddock, and Jennifer Whillans

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526134752

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526134769

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Food at home

Food at home

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social significance of dining out, The

Alan Warde

Jessica Paddock

Jennifer Whillans

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the nature of experiences of food preparation and consumption in the home, as indicated by evidence from both the survey and interviews about practical arrangements, the company kept and the foods eaten. It explores gender differences in the preparation of household meals and considers how different types of households provide for their own needs. It is argued that domestic arrangements continue to change, slowly. Family meals, although less frequent, are more practically difficult to stage, which means more shared shopping and cooking for busy families. On weekdays, men are perhaps becoming more involved in decision-making and shopping, a movement towards their becoming more involved in mundane food preparation. Weekends offer other opportunities. Change is most apparent among younger cohorts. While younger women probably cannot abdicate primary responsibility for provision of dinner, arrangements for domestic food preparation are becoming less rigid.

Keywords:   dinner, domestic meal patterns, domestic divisions of labour, gender relations, household provision, meal preparation

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