I am a sociology lecturer and manage an MSc programme in Social Research Methods for Plymouth University. I am currently on a research secondment from my teaching, working with the Institute of Health and Community (IHC) exploring experiences of weight loss surgery. My research interests are in the areas of food, the body, health, gender, maternal identities and culture, as well as auto/biographical and feminist approaches to research. I am a member of the British Sociological Association, the BSA Food Study Group, the BSA Auto/Biography study group and the ASFS – Association for the Study of Food & Society.
“Cheese and Chips out of Styrofoam Containers”: An Exploration of Taste and Cultural Symbols of Appropriate Family FoodwaysArticlesIntroduction Taste is considered a gustatory and physiological sense. It is also something that can be developed over time. In Bourdieu’s work taste is a matter of distinction, and a means of drawing boundaries between groups about what constitutes “good” taste. In this context it is necessary to perform or display tastes over and over again. This then becomes part of a cultural...Read more