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Meat, a Natural Symbol: A Natural Symbol

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A study of the human passion for meat, questioning why meat is important to us, why we eat some animals but not others, and how meat is associated with environmental decay. It argues that meat's primary importance is founded on its representing the domination we have sought over nature.
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Routledge
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Marta Zaraska
Oct 03, 2015 Marta Zaraska rated it really liked it
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
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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