Food and Culture: A Reader

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Carole Counihan, Penny Van Esterik
Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 424 pages
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Publisher description "http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0651/96046430-d.html" Food touches everything important to people: it marks social differences and strengthens social bonds. Common to all peoples, yet it can signify very different things from table to table. Food and Culture takes a global look at the social, symbolic and political-economic role of food. The stellar contributors to this reader examine some of the meanings of food and eating across cultures, with particular attention to how men and women define themselves differently through their foodways. Articles reveal how food habits and beliefs both present a microcosm of any culture and also contribute to our understanding of human behavior. Crossing many disciplinary boundaries, this reader includes the perspectives of anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. The reader starts out by illustrating food's ability to convey symbolic meaning and communicates about a wide range of subjects. Next, the articles draw attention to how the practices of giving, receiving and refusing food initiate, solidify or rupture social bonds. Essays exploring the relation between body image, eating and sexuality in different societies give particular attention to the special and contradictory relation between women and food. Also demonstrated is the relation between the commodification of food, food industries, political power and colonial dominance. Contributors include: Roland Barthes, Susan Bordo, Carolyn Walker Bynum, M.F.K. Fisher, Anna Freud, Jack Goody, Claude Levi-Strauss, Margaret Mead, and Elisa J. Sobo.
 

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Contents

FOOD MEANING AND VOICE
9
The Culinary Triangle
28
Deciphering a Meal
36
The Semiotics of Food in the Bible
55
The Abominable Pig
67
Traditional Medical Values of Food
80
COMMENSALITY AND FASTING
93
The Psychoanalytic Study
107
Body Image and SelfAwareness
211
Que Gordita
251
Soul Black Women and Food
272
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FOOD
281
Japanese Mothers and Obentos
296
Industrial Food
338
Time Sugar and Sweetness
357
The Politics of Breastfeeding
370

Nutritional Processes and Personality Development
117
Hunger Anxiety and Ritual
125
Fast Feast and Flesh
138
The Appetite as Voice
159
Conflict and Deference
180
FOOD BODY AND CULTURE
201
Hunger Malnutrition and Poverty
384
Beyond the Myths of Hunger
402
Permissions
413
Index
421
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