Social imagination is a phenomenon that explains the human existence of social setups. Social imagination motivates people to act and behave in a particular direction. For instance, it was common to find women working in kitchen roles whereas men assumed security roles of protective a community. Social imagination improves the relationship between people and reduces instances of social conflicts. Cooking is a role executed by women in most homes. Most communities expect prepared meals from women – either during daytime or supper-time. Home-prepared meals enhance social imagination entailing the social setups of both traditional and modern families.
Home-cooking norms are diverse in different families based on cultural backgrounds. Indigenous communities value women on their ability to cook in time with enough quantity to feed a family. Modern families have also adopted home-cooking norms which involving both men and women. Men have learned the art of cooking through academic courses which lead to a successful career (Alkon, 133). Women, in an ordinary family setup, are expected to feed a family irrespective of economic circumstances. As a result, women end up looking for petty jobs to ensure that their families never lack food. Home-cooking norms have transformed modern societies in ways that enhance sociological imagination among people.
Tough economic and financial times have re-shaped the social responsibilities of both men and women. For instance, male immigrants are forced to look after young children when their wives are away hawking groceries. The interchange in social roles has made home-cooking norms improve community relationships among ordinary people. For instance, assigning men with female roles has reduced instances of domestic violence as men grow in their understanding level of marriage. Similarly, the interchange in social roles has improved gender equality among indigenous communities with traditional values. Modern men are informed of the dangers of domestic violence.
Alkon, Alison Hope, et al. “Foodways of the urban poor.” Geoforum 48 (2013): 126-135.