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What We Eat and Why? Narratives of Food Justice
A journal-keeping approach to understanding food and nutrition across households from different socio-economic groups, to help students uncover the socio-political context of food.

By: Sunayana Ganguly and Shreelata Rao Sheshadri (both: Azim Premji University)

Session type: Multiple sessions, Graduate level, Small size


  • Food consumption

  • Inequalities / social justice

  • Futures thinking

  • Consumption as cultural

  • Experience based learning


Introduction to the teaching example:

The goal of this activity is to help students acquire skills such as systems thinking in connection to social injustices and futures thinking in relation to multigenerational sustainability. The subject encourages students' interpersonal and strategic thinking as well as the principles of fairness and justice.


The main components of this class include in-class lectures, team projects, and activities that take place inside and outside of the classroom and incorporate journaling and contextual learning. By telling tales about people's habits, experiences, and behavior related to food, the food journal aims to promote debate and discussion on topics of nutrition and food security. Students are separated into groups and encouraged to write weekly diaries about the eating patterns of houses that reflect various socioeconomic classes over the course of two to three weeks. These diaries, which are based on interviews and participant observation, could also include actual objects like samples of seeds, vegetables, and plants, recordings like interviews, and visuals like photographs and sketches.

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