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The Trouble with Snack Time: Children's Food and the Politics of Parenting

Jennifer Patico


In the wake of school lunch reform debates, heated classroom cupcake wars, and worries about childhood obesity, children’s food is a locus of anxiety and “crisis” in the United States. What does the feeding of children—and adults’ often impassioned, worried talk about the foods children eat—say about middle-class parents’ understandings of what it means to parent well, and about the kinds of individuals they feel compelled to create in their children? How are these understandings reflective of a larger political economic moment, and how do they reinforce existing forms of social inequality? Th ... More

Keywords: parenting, childhood, middle class, food, ethnography, United States, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479835331
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479835331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Patico, author
Georgia State University