Irmak's most recent research aims to understand how child-feeding is understood and practices negotiated in families where different material and cultural resources exist. This ethnographic and longitudinal study explore feeding, eating and foodwork in families across three interview stages. Feeding is interpreted broadly as comprising a series of daily processes involving different family members and including the emotional and domestic management of children’s eating. This more nuanced approach is achieved by using a technique of 'go along interviews', where daily practices are shared in the home and beyond. Policy-relevant findings will demonstrate how routines are established and/or changed in the context of varying material and cultural resources and broader health and parenting discourses.
Irmak is a collaborating partner (2013-ongoing) of a longitudinal and comparative project called CUDIGE: “Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change: A Comparative Study of Five European Countries, 1960-2010”.
The project is funded by University of Helsinki research grants, the Kone Foundation and the Academy of Finland. Principle investigator is Assoc. Prof. Semi Purhonen from the University of Tampere.
'This project explores the changes that have taken place in the classification and social valuation of culture and the arts in five European countries – Finland, France, Spain, Sweden and the UK – in the past 50 years. Special emphasis is given to temporality; besides its longitudinal design, which is necessary in order to address many key issues in recent cultural sociology, the project particularly seeks to identify and clarify the interrelatedness of articulations of new, emerging and rising generations (as distinguished from old, passing, etc.) and the articulations of ‘high’, valued and legitimate culture and the arts (as distinguished from ‘low’, illegitimate, etc.).'
For more information: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/cudige-project/
Research group membership
ESA Consumption Research Network, ISA Body in Social Theory Research Committee