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The socio-economic boundaries shaping young people’s lunchtime food practices on a school day

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-206
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


Not enough is known about the relationship between socio-economic deprivation and places where young people purchase food at lunchtime on a school day. This paper draws on qualitative data from 600+ young people aged 13-15 years and illustrates that socio-economic factors form boundaries that young people have a feeling for when buying food. This informs where they seek out lunch (at school or in local food outlets) and what products, service and prices they access and find acceptable. Such insights help to understand why inequalities in young people’s health and eating practices prevail.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wendy J. Wills, Giada Danesi, Ariadne B. Kapetanaki, and Laura K. Hamilton, ‘The Socio‐Economic Boundaries Shaping Young People's Lunchtime Food Practices on a School Day’, Children & Society, Vol. 32 (3): 195-206, May 2018, which has been published in final form at Under embargo until 6 April 2019. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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