Exploring the Tomato: Transformations of Nature, Society and Economy

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Using the tomato as a probe and monitor of the major historical changes that have taken places in 20th century capitalism, this volume follows the fruit from its first domestication to current efforts at genetic modification, evaluating the ways in which it has been transformed in its production, exchange, and consumption. Using a framework of "instituted economic process," the volume demonstrates how different tomato forms are an expression of dynamic processes in capitalist economies and societies during the 20th century. Of likely interest to food historians as well as economists and sociologists. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843761891
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Diagrams
1 The Human Tomato 1
Pt. I From Domestication to Genetic Modification
2 From Nature into Culture and Economy 25
3 Broken Glass 44
4 The Round European Tomato 67
5 The Fabrication of Nature 102
6 The Rise and Fall of the Genetically Modified Tomato 130
Pt. II Twentieth-Century Tomato Configurations
7 Tomato: A Pioneer of Mass Production 157
8 The Battle of Tomato Identities: the rise of supermarket own-label 174
9 Growing New Routes 201
10 Supermarket Tomato 228
11 Tomato Variations or Plus C'est la Meme Chose, Plus ca Change 253
Bibliography 275
App.: List of Interviews 289
Index 295
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