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Overview

Historically, few topics have attracted as much scholarly, professional, or popular attention as food and eating-as one might expect, considering the fundamental role of food in basic human survival. Almost daily, a new food documentary, cooking show, diet program, food guru, or eating movement arises to challenge yesterday's dietary truths and the ways we think about dining.
This work brings together voices from a wide range of disciplines, providing a fascinating feast of scholarly perspectives on food and eating practices, contemporary and historic, local and global. Nineteen essays cover a vast array of food-related topics, including the ever-increasing problems of agricultural globalization, the contemporary mass-marketing of a formerly grassroots movement for organic food production, the Food Network's successful mediation of social class, the widely popular phenomenon of professional competitive eating and current trends in "culinary tourism" and fast food advertising.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786435500
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence C. Rubin is a professor of counselor education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a practicing psychologist. He lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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Table of Contents

Foreword John Shelton Lawrence Lawrence, John Shelton 1

Introduction 7

Pt. I From Pre-Modernity to the Hypermodern Age

1 Man, Machine and Refined Dining in Victorian America Hillary Murtha Murtha, Hillary 15

2 Shopping for What Never Was: The Rhetoric of Food Social Style and Nostalgia Carlnita Greene Greene, Carlnita 31

3 All You Can Eat: Sociological Reflections on Food in the Hypermodern Era Simon Gottschalk Gottschalk, Simon 48

Pt. II Eat Locally, Think Globally

4 Raising the Bar: The Complicated Consumption of Chocolate Ellen E. Moore Moore, Ellen E. 67

5 The Espresso Revolution: Introducing Coffee-Bar Franchising to Modern China Jackie Cook Cook, Jackie Robert Lee Lee, Robert 83

6 Mass Agrarianism: Wal-Mart and Organic Foods Dawn Gilpin Gilpin, Dawn 97

Pt. III Entertaining Food and Eating

7 "Everybody Eats": The Food Network and Symbolic Capital Megan Mullen Mullen, Megan 113

8 Semiotic Sound Bites: Toward an Alimentary Analysis of Popular Song Christopher Joseph Westgate Westgate, Christopher Joseph 125

9 Hunger and Satiety in Latin American Literature Santiago Daydi-Tolson Daydi-Tolson, Santiago 139

Pt. IV We Are Where We Eat

10 Reengineering "Authenticity": Tourism Encounters with Cuisine in Rural Great Britain Craig Wight Wight, Craig 153

11 Passing Time: The Ironies of Food in Prison Culture Jim Thomas Thomas, Jim 166

12 Selfish Consumers: Delmonico's Restaurant and Learning to Satisfy Personal Desire Heather Lee Lee, Heather 180

13 Is it Really Better to Travel Than to Arrive? Airline Food as a Reflection of Consumer Anxiety Guillaume de Syon de Syon, Guillaume 199

Pt. V Come Join Us

14Deconstructing the Myth of the Dysfunctional Black Family in the Film Soul Food Tina M. Harris Harris, Tina M. 211

15 Cultural Representation of Taste in Ang Lee's Eat, Drink, Man, Woman Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. 225

Pt. VI Eat, Drink and Be Public

16 Snacking as Ritual: Eating Behavior in Public Places Phillip Vannini Vannini, Phillip 237

17 Beyond Bread and Circuses: Professional Competitive Eating Lawrence C. Rubin Rubin, Lawrence C. 248

Pt. VII Self-Reflection in a Fun-House Mirror

18 "Gourmandizing," Gluttony and Oral Fixations: Perspectives on Overeating in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 1844 to the Present Mallay Occhiogrosso Occhiogrosso, Mallay 265

19 Having It His Way: The Construction of Masculinity in Fast-Food TV Advertising Carrie Packwood Freeman Freeman, Carrie Packwood Debra Merskin Merskin, Debra 277

Afterword Lawrence C. Rubin Rubin, Lawrence C. 294

About the Contributors 297

Index 303

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