The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: A Reader / Edition 1

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: A Reader / Edition 1

by James L. Watson
     
 

Food is an important and endlessly fascinating lens for social and cultural analysis –not only for anthropologists, but also for scholars of history, literature, cultural studies, political economy, and public policy. The subject is a central idiom for understanding cultural practices and for teaching about culture on many levels. The Cultural Politics of

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Food is an important and endlessly fascinating lens for social and cultural analysis –not only for anthropologists, but also for scholars of history, literature, cultural studies, political economy, and public policy. The subject is a central idiom for understanding cultural practices and for teaching about culture on many levels. The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating is a collection of readings that uses the study of food as a vehicle for addressing broad themes that are emerging in social anthropology: globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices.

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating offers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world. It includes studies from eleven countries across five continents on such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230922
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers in Anthropology Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.79(w) x 9.94(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1How sushi went global13
2French beans for the masses : a modern historical geography of food in Burkina Faso21
3Fresh demand : the consumption of Chilean produce in the United States42
4Coca-Cola : a black sweet drink from Trinidad54
5China's Big Mac attack70
6Of hamburger and social space : consuming McDonald's in Beijing80
7Children's food and Islamic dietary restrictions in Xi'an106
8The rise of yuppie coffees and the reimagination of class in the United States122
9Crafting Grand Cru chocolates in contemporary France144
10Globalized childhood? : Kentucky Fried Chicken in Beijing163
11Domesticating the french fry : McDonald's and consumerism in Moscow180
12"India shopping" : Indian grocery stores and transnational configurations of belonging197
13Food and the counterculture : a story of bread and politics217
14Industrial tortillas and folkloric Pepsi : the nutritional consequences of hybrid cuisines in Mexico235
15Food, hunger, and the state251
16The bakers of Bernburg and the logics of communism and capitalism259
17The global food fight276
18Half-lives and healthy bodies : discourses on "contaminated" food and healing in post-Chernobyl Ukraine286
19Mad cow mysteries299

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