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Practices of attention, possibilities for care: Making situations matter in food safety inspection

Lavau, Stephanie and Bingham, Nick (2017). Practices of attention, possibilities for care: Making situations matter in food safety inspection. The Sociological Review Monographs, 65(2) pp. 20–35.

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In this article the authors explore how attention and care are related in practice, as encountered in their ethnographic fieldwork on food safety inspection in the UK. Noting that there is a tendency to conceptually conflate the two activities within recent literatures, the authors tease apart the attention and care of inspection to propose that attention offers the conditions of possibility for care, and that its quality can shape that care in significant ways. Attention in this account does not involve simply a visual culture of surveillance, but includes the diverse range of sensory, bodily engagements through which the situations of animal and food production are made to matter. The study explores how three aspects of this version of attention – ecological, economical and educational – interact at a moment of significant regulatory change to leave key methods of supporting and improving the situations of food businesses vulnerable and difficult to sustain. The article concludes by reflecting on the general and specific implications of this way of thinking about attention for how care in policy practice is understood, valued and protected.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 0081-1769
Keywords: attention; care; food safety; inspection; regulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 50717
Depositing User: Nick Bingham
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 13:58
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