Food Roots & Today’s Pantry: The Multiple Meanings of “Thrifty Know-How” among Older African American Women

Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Lyndsey Pender

Abstract


In this article we put the themes of gender, agency, food tradition, and time, which are central to the food studies literature into conversation with the research on aging and food security to offer an intersectional analysis of older African-American women’s foodways. In particular, we explore how income, age, gender, and time intertwine to inform older African-American women’s everyday actions and activities related to food provisioning, including shopping, cooking, and eating. Grounding our analysis in a “food tense” perspective, we examine how past experiences shape current food acquisition strategies and preferences, and how seniors’ desires for health and longevity serve as a cornerstone of future foodways. Further, we consider food tradition, food knowledge, and thrifty know-how, as a forms of gendered cultural capital, that generate alternative resources, meanings, and explanations of older women’s foodways. This multidimensional and future inclusive approach to understanding seniors’ food resources not only challenges the point-in-time, income-expenditure, and life course frameworks used in food security research, but provides insights into the complex and fluid factors that shape seniors’ orientation and relationship to food.


Keywords


foodways; cultural capital; food and aging; limitations of food insecurity measures

Full Text:

PDF

References


Ahmed, Tanvir, and Nadim Haboubi. "Assessment and management of nutrition in older people and its importance to health." Clinical interventions in aging 5 (2010): 207.

Alkon, Alison Hope, Daniel Block, Kelly Moore, Catherine Gillis, Nicole DiNuccio, and Noel Chavez. "Foodways of the urban poor." Geoforum 48 (2013): 126-135.

Avakian, Arlene Voski, and Barbara Haber. From Betty Crocker to feminist food studies: Critical perspectives on women and food. Liverpool University Press, 2005.

Beagan, Brenda, Gwen E. Chapman, and Elaine M. Power. "Cultural and Symbolic Capital With and Without Economic Constraint: Food Shopping in Low-income and High-income Canadian Families." Food, Culture & Society 19, no. 1 (2016): 45-70.

Bickel, Gary, Mark Nord, Cristofer Price, William Hamilton, and John Cook. "Guide to measuring household food security." https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/38369/PDF (2000). (Accessed January 30, 2019)

Bourdieu, Pierre. "Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, trans." R. Nice, Cambridge, Mass 30 (1984).

Bourdieu, Pierre. The logic of practice. Stanford university press, 1990.

Butler, Robert N. The longevity revolution: The benefits and challenges of living a long life. Hachette UK, 2009.

Coleman-Jensen, Alisha, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, and Anita Singh. Household food security in the United States in 2017. No. 1477-2019-2807. 2018.

Counihan, Carole. A tortilla is like life: Food and culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Vol. 21. University of Texas Press, 2009.

Dean, Wesley R., Joseph R. Sharkey, and Cassandra M. Johnson. "Food insecurity is associated with social capital, perceived personal disparity, and partnership status among older and senior adults in a largely rural area of central Texas." Journal of nutrition in gerontology and geriatrics 30, no. 2 (2011): 169-186.

Devine, Carol M. "A life course perspective: understanding food choices in time, social location, and history." Journal of nutrition education and behavior 37, no. 3 (2005): 121-128.

Davidson, Kate, Sara Arber, and Helen Marshall (2009). "Gender and Food in Later Life: Shifting Roles and Relationships." Food for the Ageing Population (2009):110-127.

Falk, Laura Winter, Carole A. Bisogni, and Jeffery Sobal. "Food choice processes of older adults: a qualitative investigation." Journal of nutrition Education 28, no. 5 (1996): 257-265.

Frongillo, Edward, and Claire Horan. "Hunger and aging." Generations 28, no. 3 (2004): 28-33.

Goldberg, Shari L., and Barbara E. Mawn. "Predictors of food insecurity among older adults in the United States." Public Health Nursing 32, no. 5 (2015): 397-407.

Green-LaPierre, Rebecca J., Patricia L. Williams, N. Theresa Glanville, Deborah Norris, Heather C. Hunter, and Cynthia G. Watt. "Learning from “knocks in life”: Food insecurity among low-income lone senior women." Journal of aging research 2012 (2012).

Guthrie, Joanne F., and Biing-Hwan Lin. "Overview of the diets of lower-and higher-income elderly and their food assistance options." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 34 (2002): S31-S41.

Hall, Bryan, and J. Larry Brown. "Food security among older adults in the United States." Topics in Clinical Nutrition 20, no. 4 (2005): 329-338.

Hayes-Conroy, Allison, ed. Doing nutrition differently: critical approaches to diet and dietary intervention. Routledge, 2016.

Henderson, Laretta. "" Ebony Jr!" and" Soul Food": The Construction of Middle-Class African American Identity through the Use of Traditional Southern Foodways." Melus 32, no. 4 (2007): 81-97.

Frongillo, Edward, and Claire Horan. "Hunger and aging." Generations 28, no. 3 (2004): 28-33.

Jones, Andrew D., Francis M. Ngure, Gretel Pelto, and Sera L. Young. "What are we assessing when we measure food security? A compendium and review of current metrics." Advances in Nutrition 4, no. 5 (2013): 481-505.

Lee, Jung Sun, and Edward A. Frongillo Jr. "Nutritional and health consequences are associated with food insecurity among US elderly persons." The Journal of nutrition 131, no. 5 (2001): 1503-1509.

Liburd, L.C., 2003. "Food, Identity, and African-American Women with Type 2 Diabetes: An Anthropological Perspective. Diabetes Spectrum 16(3): pp.160-165.

Miller, Adrian. Soul food: The surprising story of an American cuisine, one plate at a time. UNC Press Books, 2013.

Miller, Daniel. A theory of shopping. Cornell University Press, 1998.

Morley, John E. "Decreased food intake with aging." The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 56, no. suppl_2 (2001): 81-88.

Nettles, Kimberly D. "“Saving” Soul Food." Gastronomica 7, no. 3 (2007): 106-113.

Nord, Mark. "Measuring the food security of elderly persons." Family Economics and Nutrition Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 33-46.

Nord, Mark. "Measuring the food security of elderly persons." Family Economics and Nutrition Review 15, no. 1 (2003): 33-46.

Oemichen, Megan, and Chery Smith. "Investigation of the food choice, promoters and barriers to food access issues, and food insecurity among low-income, free-living Minnesotan seniors." Journal of nutrition education and behavior 48, no. 6 (2016): 397-404.

Opie, Frederick Douglass. Hog and hominy: Soul food from Africa to America. Columbia University Press, 2010.

Page-Reeves, Janet. "Conceptualizing food insecurity and women’s agency: a synthetic introduction." Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life Off the Edge of the Table. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2014).

Pardasani, M., K. Sporre, and P. Thompson. "New models taskforce: Final report. Washington, DC: National Institute of Senior Centers." (2009).

Pilgrim, Anna, Sian Robinson, Avan Aihie Sayer, and Helen Roberts. "An overview of appetite decline in older people." Nursing older people 27, no. 5 (2015): 29.

Plastow, Nicola Ann, Anita Atwal, and Mary Gilhooly. "Food activities and identity maintenance in old age: a systematic review and meta-synthesis." Aging & mental health 19, no. 8 (2015): 667-678.

Poe, Tracy N. "The Origins of Soul Food in Black Urban Identity: Chicago, 1915-1947." American Studies International 37, no. 1 (1999): 4-33.

Quandt, Sara A., and Pamela Rao. "Hunger and food security among older adults in a rural community." Human Organization (1999): 28-35.

Reese, Ashanté M. "“We will not perish; we’re going to keep flourishing”: Race, Food Access, and Geographies of Self‐Reliance." Antipode 50, no. 2 (2018): 407-424.

US Department of Health and Human Service. 2015 Poverty Guidelines. https://aspe.hhs.gov/2015-poverty-guidelines (Accessed January 20, 2019).

USDA. Fact Sheet: USDA Support for Older Americans. https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2015/020215 (Accessed January 3, 2018).

Wellman, N. S., D. O. Weddle, S. Kranz, and C. T. Brain. "Elder insecurities: poverty, hunger, and malnutrition." Journal of the American dietetic association 97, no. 10 (1997): S120-S122.

Williams-Forson, Psyche, and Abby Wilkerson. "Intersectionality and food studies." Food, Culture & Society 14, no. 1 (2011): 7-28.

Williams-Forson, Psyche A. Building houses out of chicken legs: Black women, food, and power. Univ of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Wolfe, Wendy S., Edward A. Frongillo, and Pascale Valois. "Understanding the experience of food insecurity by elders suggests ways to improve its measurement." The Journal of nutrition 133, no. 9 (2003): 2762-2769.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/aa.2020.265

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Copyright (c) 2020 Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Lyndsey Pender

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

SaveSaveSaveSave