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Ciencia & trabajo

versão On-line ISSN 0718-2449

Resumo

CORTES MONTENEGRO, Paula F.. FOOD CULTURE OF A GROUP OF MINING WORKERS OF HEAVY MACHINERY: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC APPROACH. Cienc Trab. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.57, pp.139-144. ISSN 0718-2449.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-24492016000300139.

Objective.

Describe and interpret the food culture of a group of mining workers, as well as their needs, interests and perceptions regarding their health.

Methodology.

Descriptive transversal design of ethnographic approach. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and field observations. A thematic analysis was carried out with deductive codification and categories were generated that were grouped in three thematic areas: identity and work of the miner, food culture and perceptions of health.

Results.

The characteristics of the work and identity of the miner are associated with the ability to work in risky conditions and fulfill a role as a family supplier. Health is associated with absence of physical pain, adequate work performance and general well-being. Food plays a variety of functions, such as stress management, recreation and fatigue prevention, associated with family imagery and social status, among others.

Conclusions.

The results allow distinguishing a food culture in the group of miners that interacts with their worker identity, which is reflected in the perceptions and health actions inside and outside the work. Incorporating the functions and meanings attributed to diet in the planning of programs for the prevention of fatigue and cardiovascular health, as well as the influence of the food environment, could enhance the results and impact on the health of the workers.

Palavras-chave : MINING; FOOD CULTURE; FOOD BEHAVIOR; WORKPLACE; MEN'S HEALTH.

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