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Fast food kids : French fries, lunch lines, and social ties

Author: Amy L Best
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Critical perspectives on youth.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book provides a thorough account of the role that food plays in the lives of today's youth, teasing out the many contradictions of food as a cultural object—fast food portrayed as a necessity for the poor and yet, reviled by upper-middle class parents; fast food restaurants as one of the few spaces that kids can claim and effectively 'take over' for several hours each day; food corporations spending millions  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy L Best
ISBN: 9781479842704 1479842702 9781479802326 1479802328
OCLC Number: 946161238
Description: xiv, 245 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Fast food kids --
The family meal : eating together, eating apart --
The cafeteria as great equalizer : making food good --
The cafeteria as youth space : social bonds and barriers --
Eat what's good for you : class and the cult of health --
I'm lovin' it : fast food and after-school hot spots --
Conclusion: Food futures and social change --
Methods appendix.
Series Title: Critical perspectives on youth.
Responsibility: Amy L. Best.

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The book provides a thorough account of the role that food plays in the lives of today's youth, teasing out the many contradictions of food as a cultural object—fast food portrayed as a necessity for the poor and yet, reviled by upper-middle class parents; fast food restaurants as one of the few spaces that kids can claim and effectively 'take over' for several hours each day; food corporations spending millions each year to market their food to kids and to lobby Congress against regulations; schools struggling to deliver healthy food young people will actually eat, and the difficulty of arranging family dinners, which are known to promote family cohesion and stability. -- amazon.com

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"In Fast-Food Kids, Amy Best takes us beyond the hype about obesity epidemics and food deserts, vividly bringing us into the world of young people and their food cultures. From the bustling Read more...

 
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