Visiting Speaker Presentation: Fast Food Kids: Youth and the Changing American Food Landscape Dr. Amy Best, Professor of Sociology, George Mason University

04/16/2014

Contributed by Stephen Sweet

Visiting Speaker Presentation: Fast Food Kids: Youth and the Changing American Food Landscape Dr. Amy Best, Professor of Sociology, George Mason University, Thursday April 24, 5:15-6:15 Business 104.  A reception will follow.

How does food figure in the everyday aspects of young people’s lives as they move through lunch lines in their school cafeteria, order a #2 at McDonalds, or eat their reheated dinner alone in front of the television? 

What kids eat, and who’s feeding them has sparked much public and policy debate in recent years as growing attention has been given to childhood obesity. Youth food consumption increasingly occupies a morally-charged sphere of meaning as cultural brokers, from parents and advocates for junk-food free schools, public health researchers and the anti-hunger lobby all adjudicate the meaning of youths’ food consumption. But what does food do for young people?  How is meaning about food formed? A core aim for this project is to bring the tools of cultural analysis to bear on a topic that has captivated policy and grassroots’ interests.

For more information, please contact Bhavani Arabandi (barabandi@ithaca.edu)

Event sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Center for Faculty Excellence, Educational Grant Initiative, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and is free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact The Department of Sociology at (607) 274-3153. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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