The English Workday Lunch: The Organisation, Understandings and Meaning of the Meal

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Abstract

The English workday lunch receives heavy criticism. Given this, why do people eat the way that they do? Using in-depth interview data, findings represent an ‘instruction manual’ to the meal detailing (1) variation in the organisation of the workday lunch and standards for competent performance; (2) shared understandings of the meal; and (3) the guiding principle or meaning of the practice. The workday lunch takes much of its meaning from the practice of work. In conclusion, the workday lunch does not simply reflect weakening rules for a ‘proper’ meal, but contradictory orders sustaining the practices of eating and working.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSociology
Early online date27 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Feb 2024

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Keywords

  • colleagues
  • eating
  • emotion work
  • meals
  • Schedules
  • sociability
  • theories of practice
  • work

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