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ERIC Number: EJ1123819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
"Bring Back Home Economics"? Challenging Contested Discourses on Obesity
Smith, Mary Gale
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v108 n4 p7-12 2016
In 2003, Jennifer Grossman wrote an opinion piece for "The New York Times" titled "Food for Thought (and for Credit)" with the opening sentence: "Want to combat the epidemic of obesity? Bring back home economics." That thought seemed to simmer for awhile and then in 2011, Professor Helen Zoe Veit wrote another opinion piece for the same paper titled "Time to Revive Home Ec." In the meantime, a commentary appeared in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" titled "Bring Back Home Economics Education" (Lichtenstein & Ludwig, 2010). Reactions to these and other articles have appeared in the popular press and on the Internet arguing for the return of home economics as a school subject. Over the years, I have collected more than 40 of these articles from various sources such as national and regional newspapers, magazines, and online newsletters, websites, or blogs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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