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Family practices and temporality at breakfast: hot spots, convenience and care

Pirani, D.; Harman, V.; Cappellini, B.

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D. Pirani

V. Harman



Abstract

Drawing on 34 semi-structured interviews, this study investigates the temporality of family practices taking place in the hot spot (Southerton, 2003). It does so by looking at how breakfast is inserted in the economy of family time in Italy. Our data show that breakfast, contrary to other meals, allows the adoption of more individualised and asynchronous practices, hinged on the consumption of convenience products. These time-saving strategies are normalised as part of doing family. Although the existing literature suggests that convenience and care are in opposition, and consumers of convenience products can experience anxiety and a lack of personal integrity, such features were not a dominant feature of our participants’ accounts. These findings suggest that the dichotomies of hot/cold spots and care/convenience are not always experienced in opposition when embedded within family practices. Hence, this study furthers understandings of family meals, temporality and the distinction between hot and cold spots.

Citation

Pirani, D., Harman, V., & Cappellini, B. (2022). Family practices and temporality at breakfast: hot spots, convenience and care. Sociology, 56(2), 211-226. https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211015563

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 24, 2021
Online Publication Date May 26, 2021
Publication Date Apr 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 8, 2021
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2021
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 2
Pages 211-226
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211015563
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1250186

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