Looking through the kitchen window: A critical discourse analysis of domestic foodwork research and oppression Public Deposited

Domestic foodwork research has been a way for researchers to better understand the intersections between food, gender, and power. This thesis unearths how domestic foodwork discourse maintains the status quo and/or contributes to its transformation by interrogating the inclusivity of existing research in reference to queer, ethnoracial, and class identities using critical discourse analysis. Research samples that reflect dominant identity norms of cisgender, heterosexual, white, and middle-class narratives work to maintain oppression through cultural imperialism. Intersectionality theory which acknowledges how individual identities intersect to create a multitude of experiences, is applied to the way that identities are discussed and acknowledged within research. My recommendations for future research include 1) using gender neutral language, 2) employing scales or spectrums instead of rigid dual categories when referring to gender, 3) acknowledging the identities of research subjects, and 4) employing a greater focus on how power and socioeconomic status drive power and inequity.

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