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Schools, Space and Culinary Capital

Schools, Space and Culinary Capital
Speaker: Dr Gurpinder Lalli # University of Wolverhampton; Introduced by: Dr Isabel Fletcher # University of Edinburgh
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3rd Feb 2021 12:30 - 3rd Feb 2021 14:00
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The paper introduces the notion of culinary capital to investigate socialisation and school mealtime experiences in one Academy school based in the UK. Whilst forms of culinary capital have been discussed in public discourse, such as social media, it has not yet been discussed in a school-based context. This research which was funded by the British Education Studies Association (BESA) aims to highlight how forms of culinary capital can be extended in the school dining hall, whilst debating the processes of socialisation and how these are said to interfere. The research data consists of interviews collated from children, teachers and staff within the school. The school dining hall is central to the focus of this research and the research includes visuals, field notes and references to observations.

Author bio:
Gurpinder Lalli successfully defended his PhD thesis in the School of Education at the University of Leicester in 2017. Since then, he has published in the Cambridge Journal of Education, British Journal of Sociology of Education and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. He published a research monograph by Routledge in 2019 titled, Schools, Food and Social Learning. Gurpinder is currently writing up a second monograph titled Schools, Space and Culinary Capital due for publication in 2021 and actively engaged in funded research projects.

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