Food, Families and Work

Rebecca O'Connell, Julia Brannen

Why I looked at this book

Maynard Keynes predicted that by now we should only be working a few hours a week, but instead people seem to be working longer and longer hours. In particular it seems that a large proportion of women have gone from being housewives to having paid employment. Why should this be? Do people wish that they could spend more time with their families, and in particular in preparing meals. Or are they generally satisfied with the way things are - they prefer not being tied down by complicated food preparation? I'm hoping that this book will have some answers to such questions

First impressions

Some people worry that more women taking paid employment has led to a poorer diet for children. One of the purposes of this book is to describe research into this issue, to see whether this is just a myth. The book is clearly aimed at an academic readership, with the first chapter describing experimental methodology, but it isn't difficult to read and I would hope it will have material of more general interest later on.
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