Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World

Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World

by Melissa L. Caldwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 025335384X

ISBN-13: 9780253353849

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Across the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the socialist period, food emerged as a symbol of both the successes and failures of socialist ideals of progress, equality, and modernity. By the late 1980s, the arrival of McDonald's behind the Iron Curtain epitomized the changes that swept across the socialist world. Not quite two decades later, the effects of

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Across the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the socialist period, food emerged as a symbol of both the successes and failures of socialist ideals of progress, equality, and modernity. By the late 1980s, the arrival of McDonald's behind the Iron Curtain epitomized the changes that swept across the socialist world. Not quite two decades later, the effects of these arrivals were evident in the growing presence of foreign food corporations and their integration into local communities. This volume explores the role played by food-as commodity, symbol, and sustenance-in the transformation of life in Russia and eastern Europe since the end of socialism.

Changes in food production systems, consumption patterns, food safety, and ideas about health, well-being, nationalism, and history provide useful perspectives on the meaning of the postsocialist transition for those who lived through it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253353849
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Marion Nestle ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Melissa L. Caldwell 1

Food and Everyday Life after State Socialism

1 From Canned Food to Canny Consumers Yuson Jung 29

Cultural Competence in the Age of Mechanical Production

2 The Tale of the Toxic Paprika Zsuzsa Gille 57

The Hungarian Taste of Euro-Globalization

3 Self-Made Women Diana Mincyte 78

Informal Dairy Markets in Europeanizing Lithuania

4 Tempest in a Coffee Pot Melissa L. Caldwell 101

Brewing Incivility in Russia's Public Sphere

5 The Geopolitics of Taste Neringa Klumbyte 130

The "Euro" and "Soviet" Sausage Industries in Lithuania

6 A Celebration of Masterstvo Stas Shectman 154

Professional Cooking, Culinary Art, and Cultural Production in Russia

7 The Social and Gendered Lives of Vodka in Rural Siberia Katherine Metzo 188

Afterword. Turnips and Mangos Elizabeth Cullen Dunn 206

Power and the Edible State in Eastern Europe

List of Contributors 223

Index 227

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