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Feb 14, 2012

Food and eating can be used in powerfully symbolic ways to communicate and express and manage a whole range of feelings, behaviours and relationships. While working on her PhD on how young people in residential care formed friends and peer relationships, Dr Ruth Emond became aware of the significance of food in the day to day life of both the children and of the adults. Ruth and her colleague Dr Samantha Punch decided to undertake an ethnography to find out more about the significance and impact of food in residential children's homes. Ruth and Sam talked to about the project and its findings.

This episode was originally recorded as a video interview The use of food and food practices in residential care in Scotland.

More information on this research:

Punch S, Dorrer N, Emond R and McIntosh I Food practices in residential children's homes: The views and experiences of staff and children, Stirling: University of Stirling

Download the full research report of the project from ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Food Practices in an Institutional Context: Children, Care and Control

Iriss will be collaborating with Drs Emond and Punch on an ESRC-funded follow-on project Food for Thought to produce an interactive training tool on food practices in residential children's homes.

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