Researching Food Habits: Methods and Problems

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The term 'Anthropology of Food' has become an accepted abbreviation for the study of anthropological perspectives on food, diet and nutrition, an increasingly important subdivision of anthropology that encompasses a rich variety of perspectives, academic approaches, theories, and methods. Its multi-disciplinary nature adds to its complexity. This is the first publication to offer guidance for researchers working in this diverse and expanding field of anthropology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571815446
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Macbeth is Chair of ICAF (Europe) and Honorary Research Fellow of the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University. Jeremy MacClancy is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Anthropology Department, Oxford Brookes University. He is also Chair of ICAF (UK), author of Consuming Culture, and prize-winning investigator of Basque cuisine.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction: How to do Anthropologies of Food 1
1 Anthropology of Food and Pluridisciplinarity 15
2 Definitions, Concepts and Methods in the Ethnobotany of Food Plants 29
3 Qualitative Research in the Anthropology of Food: A Comprehensive Qualitative/Quantitative Approach 41
4 'Tell me what you eat and you will tell me who you are': Methodological Notes on the Interaction between Researcher and Informants in the Anthropology of Food 55
5 Food, Identity, Identification 63
6 Doing it Wrong: Why Bother to do Imperfect Research? 75
7 Methods for Assessing Taste Abilities and Hedonic Responses in Human and Nonhuman Primates 87
8 Researching Food Preferences: Methods and Problems for Anthropologists 101
9 Dietary Intake Methods in the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition 119
10 Studying Food Intake Frequency: A Macrosurvey Technique for Anthropologists 135
11 The Concept of Energy Balance and the Quantification of Time Allocation and Energy Expenditure 149
12 Methods for Obtaining Quantitative Data on Food Habits in the First Half of the Twentieth Century 161
13 Reconstructing Diets for Compensation for Nuclear Testing in Rongelap, Marshall Islands 169
14 Food, Culture, Political and Economic Identity: Revitalising the Food-Systems Perspective in the Study of Food-based Identity 181
Epilogue: Some Final Hints 193
Glossary 197
Index 205
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