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Food waste and domestic refrigeration: a visceral and material approach

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this paper, we offer an embodied and material exploration of food waste arising from practices of food refrigeration and disposal. Inspired by geographers working with a visceral approach and calls within the discipline to evaluate the productive agency of materials, our framing brings materiality and embodiment to the fore in accounting for refrigerated food items recategorised and discarded as waste. Drawing on research conducted with 28 households in Wollongong (Australia), our analysis of refrigerating and ridding food orients around three emergent activities: placing, rotating, and assessing. Each section provides illustration of different ways in which affective social relations and subjectivities co-constitute embodied understandings and materialities of foods-becoming-waste. To conclude, we articulate the implications of a visceral and material approach for rethinking and addressing food waste.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. & Phillips, C. (2016). Food waste and domestic refrigeration: a visceral and material approach. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (3), 359-379.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961216693

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2271

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 359

End Page


  • 379

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • In this paper, we offer an embodied and material exploration of food waste arising from practices of food refrigeration and disposal. Inspired by geographers working with a visceral approach and calls within the discipline to evaluate the productive agency of materials, our framing brings materiality and embodiment to the fore in accounting for refrigerated food items recategorised and discarded as waste. Drawing on research conducted with 28 households in Wollongong (Australia), our analysis of refrigerating and ridding food orients around three emergent activities: placing, rotating, and assessing. Each section provides illustration of different ways in which affective social relations and subjectivities co-constitute embodied understandings and materialities of foods-becoming-waste. To conclude, we articulate the implications of a visceral and material approach for rethinking and addressing food waste.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Waitt , G. & Phillips, C. (2016). Food waste and domestic refrigeration: a visceral and material approach. Social and Cultural Geography, 17 (3), 359-379.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961216693

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2271

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 359

End Page


  • 379

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3