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Food and Cultural Studies
What and how we eat are two of the most persistent choices we face in everyday life. Whatever we decide on though, and however mundane our decisions may seem, they will be inscribed with information both about ourselves and about our positions in the world around us. Yet, food has only recently become a significant and coherent area of inquiry for cultural studies and the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 28th 2004 by Routledge
(first published March 31st 2002)
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On the good side this book is an excellent introduction to cultural studies theory and theorists (although it is perhaps not as good a defense as the author hope it to be). It is very clearly written (although with some poor editing in places), and its structuring reflects a very well organized and systematic approach to food. Unfortunately it is not at all what I was looking for. Against the authors insistence of paying attention to the mundane and everyday, they themselves reduce all food proc ...more
Another excellent general text for anyone interested in how we think about food. In 200 fast-paced pages, the authors lay out several wide-ranging aspects of food (eating in, eating out, food writing, anthropology of eating, etc) and discuss how each can be approached through cultural studies.