Exploring the idea of school meals as an element of educating for viable futures

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    Abstract

    The privatization and fast-foodification of school meals can be seen as a colonization of food practices by a market logic that is embedded in understandings of the school meal as a private good, and of schools and students as consumers. This chapter explores the idea of school meals as an element of educating for viable futures, drawing on the notion of (de)colonization as a frame of reference for identifying absences (colonizing practices) and emergences (possible openings and spaces for decolonization). The chapter highlights perspectives examining the commodification of school meals, as well as perspectives on school meals as a common good. It concludes with a discussion of possible openings and spaces for decolonization in school meal programs and approaches, and reflections on how a (de)colonization perspective can offer new insights when it comes to the notion of educating for viable futures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSchool Food, Equity and Social Justice : Critical Reflections and Perspectives
    EditorsDorte Ruge, Irene Torres, Darren Powell
    Place of publicationAbingdon
    PublisherRoutledge
    Publication dateFeb 2022
    Pages215-228
    ISBN (Print)978-0-367-63248-9, 978-0-367-63249-6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-11258-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
    SeriesCritical Studies in Health and Education

    Keywords

    • school meals
    • sustainability
    • decolonization
    • education

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