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Food Practices as Situated Action: Exploring and designing for everyday food practices with households

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Comber, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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Household food practices are complex. Many people are unable to effectively respond to challenges in their food environment to maintain diets considered to be in line with national and international standards for healthy eating. We argue that recognizing food practices as situated action affords opportunities to identify and design for practiced, local and achievable solutions to such food problems. Interviews and shop-a-longs were carried as part of a contextual inquiry with ten households. From this, we identify food practices, such as fitting food, stocking up, having fun with others and outsourcing food and how these practices are enacted in different ways with varied outcomes. We explore how HCI might respond to these practices through issues of social fooding, the presence of others, conceptions about food practices and food routines

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Author(s): Comber R, Hoonhout J, van Halteren A, Moynihan P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 2457-2466

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2470654.2481340

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ISBN: 9781450318990