Schooling Lunch: Health, Food, and the Pedagogicalization of the Lunch Box

  • Carolyn Pluim
  • Darren Powell
  • Deana Leahy


In this chapter we explore various school lunch policies and practices in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. We make the argument that contemporary lunchtime policies are guided by a desire to regulate and control consumption as well as to transmit particular ideological values around food and notions of what constitutes (un)healthy food choices. We consider the cultural, sociopolitical, and economic forces that render these surveillance and regulatory practices commonsensical. Our findings suggest that there are some common anxieties around consumption, health, and obesity that may be driving these kinds of transnational ‘lunching’ policies and pedagogies. While such campaigns, resources, and pedagogies are intended to be beneficial, they actually produce some troubling effects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Pluim
    • 1
  • Darren Powell
    • 2
  • Deana Leahy
    • 3
  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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