The Onset of Social Class Tastes among Children of Migrants

Special Report: The Social Differentiation of Children
Competing Models of Taste and Eating Habits
By Christine Tichit

The aim of this paper is to explore the social dimension of food acculturation in the situation of migration, emphasizing the perspective from children rather than from adults, as usually collected. Based on research in schools, the survey combines observation times and declarative collection using both questionnaires and focus group, in order to integrate both individual responses and interactivity between students. The presentation of some issues discussed in class shows that biological and social ages combine differently depending on the social origin of children. Findings related to children’s food preferences translate “social class” tastes among migrant families, showing that distinctions among migrants are more social than cultural.

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