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My doctoral research explores children’s school mealtime socialisation from a child-centred perspective. I examined carnivalesque features of school mealtime events, drawing on contextually situated analyses of children’s subversion of school mealtime social order. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how children understand and negotiate moral and social order, the materiality and temporality of children’s social interactions in their peer produced social worlds. I draw on Bakhtin (1968; 1991) Goffman (1975) and sociocultural theorising to examine the dialogic space of children’s socialisation to understand how it is an open, active and creative process of interdependence and experimentation with contradiction between the self and the other. I am passionate about giving voice to children, co-creating and co-producing knowledge that facilitates a more equal relationship between the researcher and participants to enable two-way conversations.

 

My research draws on more than 25 months of fieldwork on mealtime practices at a state primary school in the UK, featuring children in the 4 to 11 years old age range. I employed a mix of ethnographic methods: participant observations, informal interviews, focus group interviews with children, on the one hand, and with dinner ladies, on the other, and visual documentation of the mealtime area and children's spatial appropriation of this area.

 

I completed my Undergraduate (2013), MRes (2015) and PhD research (2020) at the University of Bath. My MRes and PhD research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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