Journal article

The vulnerable-empowered mother of academic food discourses: a qualitative meta-synthesis of studies of low-income mothers and food provisioning

Natalie Jovanovski, Kay Cook

HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

The nutritional health and wellbeing of children, and by extension their weight, is a heated topic in contemporary discussions of food and health, particularly for low-income populations. Despite contrary understandings, there remains a dominant societal framing that parents–in particular low-income mothers–are solely responsible for the status of their children’s health and wellbeing. In this paper, we examine how low-income mothers are positioned within the academic literature to reveal where responsibility for children’s health and well-being is positioned. We present a meta-synthesis of 18 qualitative studies to identify how mothers’ food choices and feeding are positioned, and the recom..

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