Gansu Survey of Children and Families Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2007

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Published in Sociological Perspectives, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp. 53–77, ISSN 0731-1214, electronic ISSN 1533-8673. © 2007 by Pacific Sociological Association. All rights reserved. Please direct all requests for permission to photocopy or reproduce article content through the University of California Press’s Rights and Permissions website, at http://www.ucpressjournals.com/reprintinfo/asp. DOI: 10.1525/sop.2007.50.1.53..
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Abstract

Insecure access to nutritious food is a common experience for poor households in developing countries. Despite the global scale of food insecurity, it has not been conceptualized by sociologists as a significant component of home environment or dimension of poverty that might matter for children's outcomes. Analyzing data from rural China, the authors show that nutritional environment in the home is associated with household socioeconomic status, that it predicts children's school performance, and that it is a significant mediator of poverty effects on schooling for children in early primary grades.

Keywords

health and education; nutrition and education; home environment for learning; rural development; poverty and child welfare

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Date Posted: 27 October 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.