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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Following on from the success of the first edition, John Coveney traces our complex relationship with food and eating and our preoccupation with diet, self-discipline and food guilt. Using our current fascination with health and nutrition, he explores why our appetite for food pleasures makes us feel anxious. This up-to-date 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 of food
  • the social organization of food in the modern home, based on real interviews
  • the obesity ‘epidemic’ and its association with moral degeneration.

Based on the work of Michel Foucault, this fresh and updated edition explains how a rationalization food choice – so apparent in current programmes on nutrition and health – can be traced through a genealogy of historical social imperatives and moral panics. Food, Morals and Meaning is essential reading for those studying nutrition, public health, sociology of health and illness and sociology of the body.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134184484
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/27/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 190
File size: 482 KB

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition  Preface  1. Foucault, Discourse, Power and the Subject  2. Governmentality of Modern Nutrition  3. Greeks to the Christians: From Ethics to Guilt  4. Religion and Reason: The Emergence of a Discourse on Nutrition  5. Paupers, Prisoners and Moral Panics  6. The Nutritional Policing of Families  7. Nutrition Landscapes  8. Nutrition Homescapes  9. An Ethnography of Family Food: Subjects of Food Choice  10. The Governmentality of Girth  11. Conclusions  Appendix  References

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