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Meat and masculinity among young Chinese, Turkish and Dutch adults in the Netherlands


Schösler, Hanna ; de Boer, Joop ; Boersema, Jan J. ; Aiking, Harry:
Meat and masculinity among young Chinese, Turkish and Dutch adults in the Netherlands.
In: Appetite. Bd. 89 (2015) . - S. 152-159.
ISSN 0195-6663
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2015.02.013

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Projektfinanzierung: Andere
Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands


The achievement of sustainability and health objectives in Western countries requires a transition to a less meat-based diet. This article investigates whether the alleged link between meat consumption and particular framings of masculinity, which emphasize that ‘real men’ eat meat, may stand in the way of achieving these objectives. From a theoretical perspective, it was assumed that the meat-masculinity link is not invariant but dependent on the cultural context, including ethnicity. In order to examine the link in different contexts, we analyzed whether meat-related gender differences varied across ethnic groups, using samples of young second generation Chinese Dutch, Turkish Dutch and native Dutch adults (aged 18-35) in the Netherlands. The Turkish group was the most traditional; it showed the largest gender differences and the strongest meat-masculinity link. In contrast, the native group showed the smallest gender differences and the weakest meat-masculinity link. The findings suggest that the combination of traditional framings of masculinity and the Western type of food environment where meat is abundant and cheap is bound to seriously hamper a transition to a less meat-based diet. In contrast, less traditional framings of masculinity seem to contribute to more healthy food preferences with respect to meat. It was concluded that cultural factors related to gender and ethnic diversity can play harmful and beneficial roles for achieving sustainability and health objectives.

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Publikationsform: Artikel in einer Zeitschrift
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Institutionen der Universität: Profilfelder
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields > Lebensmittel- und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Profilfelder > Emerging Fields
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Nein
Themengebiete aus DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
Eingestellt am: 27 Mär 2015 09:15
Letzte Änderung: 11 Jun 2015 12:30
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/9331