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Title: 'Health is the number one thing we go for': healthism, citizenship and food choice
Authors: Henderson, Julie Anne
Ward, Paul Russell
Coveney, John David
Taylor, Anne
Keywords: Health
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The Australian Sociological Association
Citation: Henderson, J.A., Ward, P.R., Coveney, J.D., & Taylor, A., 2009. 'Health is the number one thing we go for': healthism, citizenship and food choice. The Future of Sociology. 2009 Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 1-14.
Abstract: This paper explores the centrality of pursuit of health to discourse around food purchasing and eating behaviours. Forty-seven participants from metropolitan and rural South Australia were interviewed about how they decided what to purchase and to eat. The majority (n=39) cite the desire to eat healthily as a consideration in food purchasing. Participants reflect upon a personal and moral responsibility to eat well and to feed their family healthily, a duty that is supported by models of governance which favour personal responsibility for health. While all participants reflect upon this responsibility, it is rejected by a group of males on limited incomes who choose food on the basis of cost, taste, convenience and lack of trust in the health care system. The existence of a moral discourse around food is viewed as an example of healthism in which health is central to all aspects of life and self discipline a means to achieving health.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/26028
ISBN: 9780646525013
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