Called to serve :an autoethnography of metagogy at the kitchen table


Hamblin, Jeffrey S.. (2009). Called to serve :an autoethnography of metagogy at the kitchen table. Theses and Dissertations Collection, University of Idaho Library Digital Collections.

Called to serve :an autoethnography of metagogy at the kitchen table
Hamblin, Jeffrey S.
Mormon women--Food--Biography Mormon women--Ethnic identity--Biography Dinners and dining--Religious aspects
The purpose of this autoethnographic study was to describe the components of the "food practices [that] help to maintain and reinforce a coherent ideology of the family throughout the social structure" (Charles & Kerr, 1988, p. 17) as perceived by women of the Latter-day Saint culture. As Shortridge and Shortridge (1999) recommend, the focus of this study was on the subjective experience of a particular group and provided some information into the eating habits of this group. The study also attempted to fill the needs identified by Neumark-Sztainer et al. (2003) and Neumark-Sztainer et al. (2000b) to understand the context of, and motivation for, family meals. As participants in this study, I purposefully selected individuals, who were not only homemakers and feeding their families at home, but who were also women conscientiously striving to feed their families in the home. Furthermore, the participants were revered as models of womanhood and exemplars of the caring act of service associated with staying in the home and feeding the family. In all cases, I shared in the performance of dining with the coresearcher and other family members, including spouses. Using an emic perspective, the natural connections that existed between the study subquestions and the participants' answers were used to develop an organizational structure for the document. Using this structure a narrative was created using the participants' own words as much as possible. The four findings that emerged to answer the grand tour question were: the motivating factors behind cooking and preparing the family meal, the outcomes of gathering around the kitchen table, the conscious components of the family meal, and the challenges that face the families of this culture and inhibit them from engaging in the family meal.
Thesis (Ph. D., Education)--University of Idaho, March 27, 2009.
Major Professor:
Karen Wilson-Scott.
Defense Date:
March 27, 2009.
Format Original:
ix, 232 leaves ;29 cm.

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