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Consuming Geographies: We Are Where We Eatby David Bell
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Food occupies a seemingly mundane position in our lives, yet the ways we think about shopping, cooking and eating are actually intensely reflexive. From the relationship of our food intake to our body-shape, to the impact of our tastes upon global food-production regimes, food consumption impacts on our sense of place. "Consuming Geographies" addresses the theoretical debates about identity politics and issues of consumption through an exploration of one of the most universal features of everyday life. We all think place and identity through food: we are "where" we eat.
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Bell, a lecturer in cultural studies at Staffordshire University, and Valentine, a lecturer in geography at the University of Sheffield combine their expertise in intriguing ways, providing insights into city life, the home, and national and global cultures. At the same time, they develop useful perspectives on important social issues, including health, sexuality, and racism, and on how consumption constructs a political culture.
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Food occupies a seemingly mundane position in all our lives, yet the ways we think about shopping, cooking and eating are actually intensely reflexive. The daily pick and mix of our eating habits is one way we experience spatial scale. From the relationship of our food intake to our body-shape, to the impact of our tastes upon global food-production regimes, we all read food consumption as a practice which impacts on our sense of place.
Drawing on anthropological, sociological and cultural readings of food consumption, as well as empirical material on shopping, cooking, food technology and the food media, this book demonstrates the importance of space and place in identity formation. We all think place (and) identity through food - we are where we eat
Includes bibliographical references (p. -225) and index.
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