Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Self-Management and Meal Experiences in Swedish Prisons

Title:
Self-Management and Meal Experiences in Swedish Prisons
Author:
Inger M. Jonsson: Department of Restaurant and Culinary Arts, √Ėrebro University, Sweden Marianne Pipping Ekström: Department of Restaurant and Culinary Arts, √Ėrebro University, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
030
Pages:
291-296
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Prisoners are given a greater responsibility for their daily living. When introducing the self-management system concerning food (planning; cooking and eating); problems occurred; which were not expected by the staff. We were invited to visit a prison for women; where the self-management system had been introduced; to meet their daily living and discuss problems with the prisoners and the staff. We also gave some lectures and together with employees discussed the problems. Although the prison is a closed system; we found equal episodes and feelings as in society. We found fight for positions and identity with the help of food. Food is not feed. Food is a system of communication; as Mary Douglas once stated. Power; gender; ethnicity and culture are key symbols for understanding the problems. Self-management appeared to be a much more complex project than just to learn or practice cooking; which was the original idea of self-management.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Inger M. Jonsson, Marianne Pipping Ekström
Title:
Self-Management and Meal Experiences in Swedish Prisons
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Inger M. Jonsson, Marianne Pipping Ekström
Title:
Self-Management and Meal Experiences in Swedish Prisons
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