Foodwork

SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD AND EATING

Assignment Sheet: Annotated Bibliography
This assignment will allow you to examine a scholarly source relating to in your required group discussion post(s) topic in detail.

TOPIC ASSIGNED:
Should we try to create a society where foodwork is shared equally, regardless of gender? Why or why not and/or what might be required for that to happen?
Foodwork should be shared equally, regardless of gender because of the potential benefits of foodwork on health and social interaction. From 2003 to 2012, the rate of obesity has increased by a rate of 17.5% (Navaneelan & Janz, 2014). Furthermore, according to Abedi (2017), 34% of Canadians will be clinically obese by the year 2025. This concern can be caused by a variety of factors, one being, the current fast-paced culture which pushes individuals to choose quick but often times less nutritionally dense food options. By dividing foodwork equally among men and women, it empowers individuals to become more autonomous in foodwork, such as producing, preparing, and grocery shopping. Education in the culinary arts can allow individuals to create nutritious and sustainable meals (Condrasky & Hegler, 2010). This can subsequently decrease one’s reliance on eating at restaurants, which prioritizes profit margins and cost-effectiveness over one’s health.
Distributing foodwork equally among both genders can facilitate social interaction and can aid psychomotor development in children (Gavin, 2014). Exposure to the culinary arts has proven positive effects on the acumen of basic skills such as vocabulary, literacy, and hand-eye coordination (Gavin, 2014). Furthermore, this can help develop a child’s palate which refines the types of food that the child enjoys (Gavin, 2014). I can personally attest that cooking with my mother at a young age helped me develop many basic skills and decrease the reliance on restaurants and take-out. In addition, I felt that the social interaction that accompanied the equal distribution of foodwork allowed me to develop a deeper relationship between my mother and I.
I believe that effective public policies that focus on placing children in a position to learn about nutrition in conjunction with practical hands-on experiences could promote the distribution of foodwork. Engaging children in formal culinary and nutrition classes in elementary and middle schools, could build a strong foundation and thus shift ideologies about foodwork being predominantly women’s work. I personally believe it is impeccably important to share foodwork equally for both men and women. Foodwork involves the steps of food/meal production such as the preparation, the cooking of the meal and cleaning up afterwards (Koç, Sumner & Winson, 2017). However, foodwork is predominately seen as a female duty where women are obliged to be cooking all the meals in a family setting. This social discourse is disadvantageous to females because foodwork firstly is physically demanding, especially after a long day of work. Buying the ingredients, preparing, cooking the meal, and then cleaning up and washing the dishes afterwards can be extremely exhausting. All this can be very stressful and can negatively affect a woman’s mental health as well, especially because of the societal pressure making one feel forced to cook for their family. Back home in the Philippines my mother or my grandmother would always be the one’s cooking meals and providing for my family. One day I decided to cook dinner for everyone, and that’s when I realized how hard cooking a meal actually was. Shopping for ingredients, preparing the food, serving it and washing the dishes afterwards was extremely tiring! I couldn’t believe my mom and grandma had the strength to do that for 3 meals a day! Therefore I believe it is extremely important for foodwork to be shared regardless of gender. Especially in a family setting, I think having the mother and father cook an equal amount of times is important because firstly it is fair, and secondly it will prevent burnout and exhaustion.
I believe through awareness, this problem will be tackled. By realizing the negative aspect of having foodwork centered around women, both men and women will have a change in mindset. Both men and women need to realize that foodwork should not be based on gender, and that women should not be the only one’s preparing meals for their families. The men of the household should share this responsibility with women to prevent burnout and exhaustion, and to encourage more pleasure and enjoyment when cooking meals.

Instructions for this assignment:
In general, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and an evaluation of a cited source. Rather than simply listing a list of references, as you would in a bibliography, an annotated bibliography encourages you to read a source very carefully and allows you to read more critically rather than simply collecting information.
Students are welcome to explore topics from the course material beyond those in the required posts. If you wish to explore a different topic, please confirm with the instructor prior to starting the assignment.
You are required to explore ONE academic source for this assignment. An academic source includes peer-reviewed journal articles (such as those listed in Chapter 1 of the text), a book with a scholarly approach, a government policy paper (ex. Canadian government, European Union or intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations or the World Bank) or a report published by a credible not-for profit organization (ex. Oxfam or La Via Campesina). You may also use a chapter of the textbook that was not assigned as reading during for the modules. You must choose an academic source NOT included in class readings. The source should be published within the last two years (2016 to present).
To complete the assignment successfully, you will have to read the source carefully. Please use the template provided below to complete your assignment. Organize your assignment using the headings from the boxes. Marks will be deducted if you do not follow the format provided. The template provided below is split into three sections. You are required to complete all the sections and provide a response that relates to each box within each section.
There are three sections to complete. In the first section, you are required to provide your information. The second section focuses on the reading itself. Here, you are required to extract specific pieces of information from the reading. Some information will be obvious (such as the research topic), while others (such as the research questions or main conclusions) may not be overtly stated in the reading. Careful reading will allow you to find the information even if it is not clearly provided. You are to use your own words to answer the questions in this section. The final section involves critically thinking about the reading and providing a more detailed account of how the reading relates to the discussion post topic than you will have done in your writing for your peers. As such, you will have to assess the quality of the reading, its contribution to the topic and assess its impact on your knowledge and daily experiences. With the exception of the key quotations that you are providing verbatim from the source, you are to use your own words to answer the questions. Most questions ask you to provide an answer consisting of a paragraph or two. A paragraph consists of 100-200 words per paragraph.

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