Food Sociology at the University of Giessen studies food practices and food cultures as well as the socio-political organisation of food in food politics.
On this website you find information about our research agenda, educational activities as well as our team. Welcome!
Currently we only offer two modules in German:
- B.Sc. level we offer the course "Food and Society"
- M.Sc. level we offer the course "Theorising food and eating"
From 2021 we will also offer a course on "Food Politics" in English. More information will be available soon.
In case you are interested in supervision at B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. level, please just get in touch by stating your research interest.
Food Sociology at the University of Giessen focusses on two areas and fields of interest:
1. Food practices and food cultures
The first focus on food practices and food cultures studies food in societal context. We are interested in concepts and approaches from cultural sociology to investigate how food relates to beliefs, norms cultural affiliation. We are also interested in the social differentiation via food, social inequalities and social justice with regard to food.
- S Wahlen (2018) "Foodsharing": Reflecting on individualized collective action in a collaborative consumption community organisation. In: Contemporary Collaborative Consumption, 57-75.
- N Klünder (2018) Zwischen selbst Gekochtem, Thermomix und Schulverpflegung – Innenansichten der Ernährungsversorgung von Familien mit erwerbstätigen Eltern. In: t, S. 1–24.
- M Autio, R Collins, S Wahlen, M Anttila (2013) Consuming nostalgia? The appreciation of authenticity in local food production. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 37 (5), 564-568.
- S Wahlen (2011) The routinely forgotten routine character of domestic practices. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 35 (5), 507-513.
2. Socio-political organisation of food provisioning and consumption
Our second key interest in the socio-political organisation of food lies in scrutinising institutional, organisational and political parameters of food. In the sense of food politics, we are interested in how various actors and stakeholders influence systems of provision and everyday eating. Food is a multidimensional phenomenon that needs consideration across scales, local, regional or global, but also with regard to different forms of organisation.
- M Laamanen, S Wahlen, S Lorek (2018) A moral householding perspective on the sharing economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 202: 1220-1227.
- S Wahlen, S Dubuisson-Quellier (2018) Consumption governance toward more sustainable consumption. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 110 (1), 7-12.
- N Klünder, U Meier-Gräwe (2017) Gleichstellung und innerfamiliale Arbeitsteilung - Mahlzeitenmuster und Beköstigungsarbeit in Familien. In: Statistisches Bundesamt (Hrsg.): . Wiesbaden.
- S Wahlen, E Heiskanen, K Aalto (2012) Endorsing sustainable food consumption: Prospects from public catering. Journal of Consumer Policy, 35 (1), 7-21.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wahlen
35390 Gießen, Germany