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Cultural foodways in Sweden: repeated focus group interviews with Somalian women
Örebro University, Department of Restaurant & Culinary Arts. Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9820-9800
Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden.
Örebro University, Department of Restaurant & Culinary Arts. Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg, Sweden.
2002 (English)In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 328-339Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to provide increased understanding of what 'feeding the family' means to Somalian women in Sweden. Focus group interviews were carried out with Somalian women, analysed by means of the Grounded theory method. The results show that factors both in the family and in the outside world influenced their food choice and traditions, both in their home country of Somalia and in their new country, Sweden, after migration. The categories generated in the analysis were brought together in a model showing the women 'struggling for their own cultural identity' and oscillating between 'remaining Somalian' and 'becoming part of Swedish society', food being an important instrument in maintaining the cultural identity of their families. Cultural identity in this respect is a matter of the wishes of the husband, followed by those of the women and children and, at the same time, the strong pressure of the Swedish host country. This indicates how important it is for professionals to be aware of the trust people have in their own cultural food and therefore also how necessary it is to give culturally adapted food advice through public health work, in this case to Somalian families.

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Oxford: Blackwell Science , 2002. Vol. 26, no 4, p. 328-339
Keywords [en]
Foodways, Somalia, Sweden, identity, focus groups
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Research subject
Culinary Arts and Meal Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3178DOI: 10.1046/j.1470-6431.2002.00247.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3178DiVA, id: diva2:137244
Available from: 2004-09-02 Created: 2004-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Family meal experiences: perspectives on practical knowledge, learning and culture
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2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis consists of four studies reflecting information and education on food and meals at different levels of society. The educational efforts are directed towards everyday family practices. The overall aim of this thesis, therefore, was to obtain a grasp of the way children and families think of food and meals in a cultural perspective, in order to understand the areas where food information and education appears to take root. Further, the thesis aims to study the potential of tasting lessons as an educational tool in compulsory school. The methods used were qualitative:repeated focus groups with immigrant women from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Somalia, focus groups with pupils and school staaf, and telephone interviews with school heads. Further it were semi-structured life world interviews and groupinterviews with Swedish children and their families. The analytical methods were based on grounded theory, and systematic and reflexive analysis. The results generated a model showing immigrant women struggling for their cultural identity, oscillating between remining Somalian and becoming part of Swedish society in their food and meal choices. The Swedish families described coping with the past and the present, and their children the different food and taste worlds at school and at home. The study of an educational tool for educationused in the fifth class at compulsory school showed both pupils and staff were prepared to be exposed to new tastes and new educational work and co-operation at school. In conclusion, the studies showed the imortance of culture for family identity, aswell as ideas and practices whithin family meal experiences in both immigrant and Swedish families. Further, an educational tool using children's senses might be a valuable practical contribution in food education. Neither food and meal information nor education and learning should, therefore, be separated from their practical and cultural components. Such factors should be taken into account in official guidelines for applied learning.

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Örebro: Örebro universitetsbibliotek, 2004. p. 92
Series
Örebro Studies in Culinary Arts and Meal Science, ISSN 1652-2974 ; 2
Keywords
culture, children, education, family meal, family practice, food, experience, information, learning, practical knowledge
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Culinary Arts and Meal Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-77 (URN)91-7668-402-4 (ISBN)
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2004-09-24, Gastronomiska teatern, Restauranghögskolan, Sörälgsvägen 2, Grythyttan, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2004-09-02 Created: 2004-09-02 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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