Delivery and engagement in public health nutrition: The use of ethnographic fiction to examine the socio-cultural experiences of food and health among mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/310904
Title:
Delivery and engagement in public health nutrition: The use of ethnographic fiction to examine the socio-cultural experiences of food and health among mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Authors:
Gregg, Rebecca A.
Abstract:
Encouraging good nutrition is particularly important in the early years of life for the development of appropriate food habits and healthy adults in later life. These are governed by many contending and conflicting influences. Objective: This research examines the food choice influences for mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire (UK). Participants were recruited from a large community food intervention (clients) and were compared with those not involved in the initiative (non-clients). This enabled the reflection of the broader socio-cultural experiences of food and the influence of “structure” and “agency” on food choices. The research adopted a phenomenological approach using ethnographic recording techniques (interview and observation). The research findings are presented as ethnographic fictions. These short fictional stories provide a “thick” description of the participant’s lifeworld. They locate these choices in the person and the place. A hierarchy of food choice influences emerged from the data, with three main findings. Most prominently, the influence of individual capacity on the food choices made. Secondly, the influence of place, town planning and the geography of an area on food choices. Thirdly, the influence of gender, relationships and social networks. Central to the thesis of this research is the use of ethnographic fiction to enable a better understanding of the complexity involved in food choice and community development approaches to nutritional change. The use of ethnographic fiction conveyed a better understanding of people and of the role and impact of an intervention upon the wider processes involved in food choice. Ethnographic fiction was used here for the first time in public health nutrition to explain the complex picture of food choice for mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, and to convey new insight on food choice and the complexity of food choice influence.
Advisors:
Ellahi, Basma; Cox, Peter
Publisher:
University of Liverpool (University of Chester)
Publication Date:
Apr-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/310904
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
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dc.contributor.advisorEllahi, Basmaen
dc.contributor.advisorCox, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorGregg, Rebecca A.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-06T09:52:00Zen
dc.date.available2014-01-06T09:52:00Zen
dc.date.issued2013-04en
dc.identifieruk.bl.ethos.585355en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/310904en
dc.descriptionOrdnance survey maps reproduced under crown copyright or with permission.en
dc.description.abstractEncouraging good nutrition is particularly important in the early years of life for the development of appropriate food habits and healthy adults in later life. These are governed by many contending and conflicting influences. Objective: This research examines the food choice influences for mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire (UK). Participants were recruited from a large community food intervention (clients) and were compared with those not involved in the initiative (non-clients). This enabled the reflection of the broader socio-cultural experiences of food and the influence of “structure” and “agency” on food choices. The research adopted a phenomenological approach using ethnographic recording techniques (interview and observation). The research findings are presented as ethnographic fictions. These short fictional stories provide a “thick” description of the participant’s lifeworld. They locate these choices in the person and the place. A hierarchy of food choice influences emerged from the data, with three main findings. Most prominently, the influence of individual capacity on the food choices made. Secondly, the influence of place, town planning and the geography of an area on food choices. Thirdly, the influence of gender, relationships and social networks. Central to the thesis of this research is the use of ethnographic fiction to enable a better understanding of the complexity involved in food choice and community development approaches to nutritional change. The use of ethnographic fiction conveyed a better understanding of people and of the role and impact of an intervention upon the wider processes involved in food choice. Ethnographic fiction was used here for the first time in public health nutrition to explain the complex picture of food choice for mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, and to convey new insight on food choice and the complexity of food choice influence.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Liverpool (University of Chester)en
dc.subjectempowermenten
dc.subjectethnographic fictionen
dc.subjectfood choiceen
dc.subjectcapacityen
dc.subjectgeographyen
dc.subjecthealth inequalitiesen
dc.subjectinterventionen
dc.subjectevaluationen
dc.subjectpublic healthen
dc.subjectsocio-economic factorsen
dc.subjectstorytellingen
dc.subjectthematic analysisen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.titleDelivery and engagement in public health nutrition: The use of ethnographic fiction to examine the socio-cultural experiences of food and health among mothers of young children in Skelmersdale, Lancashireen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.rights.embargodate2015-06-01en
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.rights.embargoreasonautomatic 2-year embargoen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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