Anna Sofia Salonen

My research is positioned at the intersection of theology, sociology and the social scientific study of religion and combines a wide array of issues related to consumption, care, welfare and ethics. Food has been a persistent theme in my academic work. In my doctoral dissertation and in related publications, I have studied food consumption mainly in the context of poverty and deprivation. Recently, I have moved further with this research interest by focusing on food excess and affluence in addition to scarcity, yet acknowledging that these are not separate issues but rather two sides of the same coin. In my upcoming research I wish to explore the content and construction of ethical lives of ordinary people by asking what they consider to be moderate with regards to food consumption and by analysing how they construct these views. Understanding the ethics of ordinary food consumption is essential in a society where food system routinely produces more food than we are able to consume and where people are constantly invited to exhibit their identity, personality and values through food choices. I am currently working as an Academy of Finland post doctoral research fellow in the Tampere University, Faculty of Social Sciences.