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This book offers an exciting, coherent and interdisciplinary introduction to the study of food studies for the beginning reader. Food choices, the author argues, are the result of a complex negotiation among three competing considerations: the consumers' identity; matters of convenience, including price; and an awareness of the consequences of what is consumed. The book concludes with an examination of two very different future scenarios for feeding the world's population; the technological fix, which looks to science to provide the solution to our future food needs, and the anthropological fix, which hopes to change our expectations and behaviors. As a whole this book provides an essential overview to this increasingly critical field of enquiry.
Chapter 1: Why Study Food?
• Chapter 2: Identity: Are We What We Eat?
• Chapter 3: The Drama of Food: Divided Identities
• Chapter 4: Convenience: The Global Food Chain
• Chapter 5: Responsibility: Do We Pay the Full Costs of Dinner?
• Chapter 6: The Future of Food
• Appendix: Questions for Discussion and Further Research