Sociology On The Menu / Edition 1

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Overview

Sociology on the Menu is an accessible introduction to the sociology of food. Highlighting the social and cultural dimensions of the human food system, from production to consumption, it encourages us to consider new ways of thinking about the apparently mundane, everyday act of eating. The main areas covered include:
* The origins of human subsistence and the development of the modern food system
* Food, the family and eating out
* Diet, health and the body image
* The meanings of meat and vegetarianism.
Sociology on the Menu provides a comprehensive overview of the literature, particularly helpful in this interdisciplinary field. It focuses on key texts and studies to help students identify major concerns and themes for further study. It urges us to re-appraise the taken for granted and familiar experiences of selecting, preparing and sharing food and to see our own habits and choices, preferences and aversions in their broader cultural context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415114257
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/12/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,145,206
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Origins of Human Subsistence 13
2 The Making of the Modern Food System 32
3 Sociological Perspectives on Food and Eating 47
4 Food, Family and Community 73
5 Eating Out 100
6 Changing Conceptions of Diet and Health 125
7 Food Risks, Anxieties and Scares 150
8 Dieting, Fat and Body Image 173
9 The Mysterious Meanings of Meat 193
10 The Vegetarian Option 218
11 Sugar and Confectionery: Sweetness in the Human Diet 242
Epilogue 254
Bibliography 260
Author Index 271
Subject Index 275
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