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Educational Dimensions of School Lunch

Critical Perspectives

  • Suzanne Rice
  • A.G. Rud

About this book


School lunch is often regarded as a necessary but inconvenient distraction from the real work of education. Lunch, in this view, is about providing students the nourishment they need in order to attend to academic content and the tests that assess whether content has been learned.  In contrast, the central purpose of this collection is to examine school lunch as an educational phenomenon in its own right. Contributing authors—drawing from a variety of disciplinary traditions, including philosophy, sociology, and anthropology—examine school lunch policies and practices, social and cultural aspects of food and eating, and the relation among school food, the environment, and human and non-human animal well-being. The volume also addresses how school lunch might be more widely conceptualized and practiced as an educational undertaking. 


National School Lunch Program development philosophical considerations of food and eating human health nutrition

Editors and affiliations

  • Suzanne Rice
    • 1
  • A.G. Rud
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KansasLawrence, KSUSA
  2. 2.Washington State UniversityPullman, WAUSA

About the editors

Suzanne Rice is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Kansas, USA. 

A.G. Rud is Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Educational Dimensions of School Lunch
  • Book Subtitle Critical Perspectives
  • Editors Suzanne Rice
    A.G. Rud
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-72516-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10218-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-72517-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 212
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Early Childhood Education
    Clinical Nutrition
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“This collection pushes a rethinking of fundamental issues in education: how students access food, the cultural meanings of food, the impact of food on learning and the environment. We are in a time where we need reminders of such basics: safe water, protection from precarity, and ethical interaction with all with whom we share the world. This multivalent critical analysis of food helps extend these core conversations.” (Cris Mayo, Director, LGBTQ+ Center, and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, West Virginia University, USA)

“In the search for ways to better support students and enhance educational quality, the role of food and the importance of school lunch programs are often overlooked. This book doubles down on common sense—students who are hungry have difficulty learning—while also pushing educators to think critically about how we address that problem. We must get school food right, and this book provides invaluable guidance.” (Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University, USA)