This volume examines, among other things, the significance of food-centered activities to gender relations and the construction of gendered identities across cultures. It considers how each gender's relationship to food may facilitate mutual respect or produce gender hierarchy. This relationship is considered through two central questions: How does control of food production, distribution, and consumption contribute to men's and women's power and social position? and How does food symbolically connote maleness and femaleness and establish the social value of men and women? Other issues discussed include men's and women's attitudes towards their bodies and the legitimacy of their appetites.
Table of ContentsFood and Sexual Identity Among the Culina
Men Are Taro (They Cannot Be Rice): Political Aspects of Food Choices in Wamira, P.N.G.
Hospitality, Women and the Efficacy of Beer
Feeding Their Faith: Recipe Knowledge Among Thai Buddhist Women
An Anthropological View of Western Women's Prodigious Fasting
Women as Gatekeepers
What Does It Mean to Be Fat, Thin and Female in the United States