LRDG - An auto-ethnographic account of social and cultural practices around cookery books: critical and transformative learning over time

Date: 26 June 2012 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Awena Carter, Lancaster University:

An examination of cookery books published over only the last four decades reveals the ways in which cooking, as a culturally embedded practice, changes and develops over time to reveal and reflect social and cultural change. In this paper I use the materiality of some of my cookery books to reveal my literacy practices around the texts and use an autoethnographic approach as an heuristic 'seek[ing] to describe and systematically analyze…[my] personal experience… in order to understand cultural experience' (Ellis, Adams and Buchner, 2011). In looking at my use of these books at three different phases of my life, I also reflect on cooking as critical learning, taking Gee's (2003) view that '[all]…active critical learning- is inextricably caught up with identity in a variety of different ways.'

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Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Ethnography, Learning, Literacy practices