“Eating Democracy”: School Lunch and the Social Meaning of Eating in Critical Times

  • Paula M. Salvio


This chapter opens the archive of the US school lunch in an effort to more fully explore the principles of democracy, taste, emotional life, and eating that informed and continues to inform the US public school lunch programs. My reading of the Committee on Food Habits led by Margaret Mead in 1940 is informed by Hannah Arendt’s concept of “enlarged mentality,” the psychoanalytic scholarship of Marion Milner on “the play of difference,” and the concepts of potential space and transitional objects introduced by child psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott.


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  • Paula M. Salvio
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  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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