Consuming Geographies: We Are Where We Eat

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Overview

Food occupies a seemingly mundane position in all our lives, yet the ways we think about shopping, cooking and eating are actually intensely reflexive. The daily pick and mix of our eating habits is one way we experience spatial scale. From the relationship of our food intake to our body-shape, to the impact of our tastes upon global food-production regimes, we all read food consumption as a practice which impacts on our sense of place.
Drawing on anthropological, sociological and cultural readings of food consumption, as well as empirical material on shopping, cooking, food technology and the food media, this book demonstrates the importance of space and place in identity formation. We all think place (and) identity through food - we are where we eat!

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Bell, a lecturer in cultural studies at Staffordshire University, and Valentine, a lecturer in geography at the University of Sheffield combine their expertise in intriguing ways, providing insights into city life, the home, and national and global cultures. At the same time, they develop useful perspectives on important social issues, including health, sexuality, and racism, and on how consumption constructs a political culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415137676
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bell is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Staffordshire University and Gill Valentine is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Plates
Boxes
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Body 21
3 Home 57
4 Community 89
5 City 119
6 Region 145
7 Nation 163
8 Global 185
Bibliography 208
Index 226
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