On Eating and Belonging

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dc.contributor.advisor Plester, B en
dc.contributor.advisor Cooper-Thomas, H en
dc.contributor.author Kerr, G en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-09T03:31:57Z en
dc.date.issued 2017 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34943 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Perceptions of belonging and group-membership can have wide-reaching consequences in the workplace, in terms of both individual wellbeing and productivity. This thesis aims to examine the degree to which the presence or absence of dietary restrictions come to impact perceptions of belonging and group-membership in the workplace. The present study was conducted in six organisations across Auckland, using a combination of researcher observations at organisational food events, and in-depth semi-structured interviews with employees. The key findings suggest that rather than perceiving themselves to belong or not belong, individuals can belong at work on different levels, and in different ways. Furthermore, there exist various strategies that the individual, work group and organisation can employ to include or exclude individuals adhering to dietary restrictions in the workplace. These findings contribute to the nascent area of organisational food research, insofar as there has been limited interest in the role of dietary restrictions in the workplace to date. The current findings also add to the commensality literature by presenting a nuanced perspective on the degree to which food-sharing is integral to benefitting interpersonal relationships and social bonds. Furthermore, the current study also contributes to the organisational culture and rituals literature by presenting a contemporary perspective that incorporates experiences from individuals adhering to dietary restrictions. Finally, practical implications for the present study include several specific ways in which the organisation, work group, and restricted individual can contribute to or detract from perceptions of belonging and group-membership at work. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264921996502091 en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/nz/ en
dc.title On Eating and Belonging en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 645843 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-08-09 en


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