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Terese A

Terese Anving

Senior lecturer

Terese A

Food provisioning, anxiety and control. The process of feeding from the perspective of the mothers


  • Stine Thorsted
  • Terese Anving

Summary, in English

Food and feeding is an important part in bringing up children. It is one way in which children become socialized; it gives rise to both pleasure and anxiety. In this article Marjorie DeVault’s understanding of food management is combined with the concept of responsibilisation. Building on in-depth interviews with mothers from different socio-economic backgrounds and focusing on their different experiences, we see the work of food managing as processual and interactional. There is a tension between trying to put norms into practice and at the same time dealing with specific, often uncertain, situations. In such a circumstance feelings of anxiety and the exertion of control manifest themselves in direct as well as indirect ways.


  • Department of Sociology
  • Sociology

Publishing year






Document type

Conference - other


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • responsibilisation
  • food
  • anxiety
  • sociology
  • family
  • sociologi
  • control
  • socialisation

Conference name

The Nordic Consumer Policy Research Conference

Conference date

2007-10-03 - 2007-10-05



Research group

  • Sociology of Everyday Life