Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating

Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating

by John Coveney

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Food, Morals and Meaning traces our complex relationship with food and eating and our preoccupation with diet, self-discipline and food guilt. This second edition includes an examination of how our current obsession with body size, especially fatness, drives a national and international panic about the obesity 'epidemic'. Focusing on how our food anxieties have stemmed from social, political and religious problems in Western history, Food, Morals and Meaning looks at the ancient Greeks' preoccupation with eating; early Christianity and the conflict between the pleasures of the flesh and spirituality; scientific developments in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe and our current knowledge and social organisation of food. This original book explains how a rationalisation of food choice can be traced through a genealogy of historical social imperatives and moral panics. It is essential reading for those studying nutrition, public health, sociology of health and illness, and sociology of the body.

About the Author:
John Coveney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Flinders University, Australia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415376211
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/24/2006
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables     viii
Preface     ix
Introduction     xii
Foucault, discourse, power and the subject     1
The governmentality of modern nutrition     15
The Greeks to the Christians: from ethics to guilt     25
Religion and reason: the emergence of a discourse on nutrition     46
Paupers, prisoners and moral panics: refining the meaning of nutrition     65
The nutritional policing of families     76
Nutrition landscapes in late modernity     92
Nutrition homescapes in late modernity     107
An ethnography of family food: subjects of food choice     122
The governmentality of girth     141
Conclusions     157
Appendix     162
Notes     164
References     165
Index     181

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