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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130
A child, tourism and the table – a case study on children’s food culture while on the way
All travelers eat and drink while on a journey – that obvious and important statement is very rarely researched by tourism anthropologists and food anthropologists There is than a significant niche in the literature concerning that issue, and it is hard to find any comprehensive research papers on what and why tourists eat or do not eat, how they react to certain dishes, what kind of culinary experiences they collect, how their personal food culture is being built through different culinary experiences. There is also absolutely no single text or research results devoted to children’s food culture in the context of culinary travel experiences. Although more and more is being said about the development of Childhood Studies, children are absent from the academic discourse. The author has taken up then anthropological research exploring childhood experiences based on children’s voices, rather than adults’ or experts’ assumptions. The research was carried out using the method of photo-elicitation interviews (PEI) with children in early childhood: 5 to 6 years old (pre-schoolers). Using this method, knowledge, preferences and behavior of children in relation to culinary practices of different cultures were examined, and children's narrations about food and meetings at the table while on a journey (real and potential travels) were made in the context of visited places. The results of this research are to bring us closer to the knowledge about childrens’ food culture and lay the foundation for a larger research project in this field in future.