Project information
Meanings of food intake in old age (FOOD)

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Project Identification
Project Period
1/2023 - 12/2025
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Czech Science Foundation
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Social Studies
food; older people; cultural and social meaning of food; agncy; gender
Cooperating Organization
Charles University

The project explores the eating habits of older adults as a result of social influences, cultural
patterns and transitions as well as the individual agency. The qualitative research approach (in-depth interviews and observation with visual methods) will be employed to describe the
dynamics of the importance of food during ageing, both the subjective perception of this
importance and the implemented practices and changes caused by health factors. The project identifies food as an important element of quality of life in old age and explores how eating habits are practiced in the home environment and how they are affected by living in institutional care, specifically in care homes. It is innovative in that it explores the agency of older adults in negotiating eating habits in various social and cultural contexts and contributes with new knowledge, theoretical grounding and the application of the principles of food anthropology to the development of social gerontology and sociology of everyday life.

Sustainable Development Goals

Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  2 – Zero hunger Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  5 – Gender equality


Total number of publications: 8

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