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Meat: A Natural Symbol

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Meat is a broad-ranging and provocative study of the human passion for meat. It aims to intrigue anyone who has ever wondered why meat is important to us: why we eat some animals but not others; why vegetarianism is increasing; why we aren't cannibals; and how meat is associated with environmental destruction. Nick Fiddes argues that meat's primary cultural importance is f ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 22nd 1992 by Routledge (first published December 1991)
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Marta Zaraska
Oct 03, 2015 Marta Zaraska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read any contemporary book on sociology of food, there is a pretty good chance that in a chapter dealing with meat one work will be quoted: “Meat: A Natural Symbol” by Nick Fiddes. Fiddes, a Scottish anthropologist who gave up academia to trade in kilts and tartans, put forward another theory why we find meat so tempting: It’s because it symbolizes our power over nature. To chew and to swallow other highly evolved organisms, ones that can feel and fight and bleed, is to show our human sup ...more
Fishface
Feb 06, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read. Not at all about the usual nutritional information and Atkinites-vs.-the-Vegans stuff, but about what meat means to us as a culture. Wide-ranging and well-thought-out.
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