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Blackwell Readers in Anthropology #8: The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: A Reader

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Food is an important and endlessly fascinating lens for social and cultural analysis –not only for anthropologists, but also for scholars of history, literature, cultural studies, political economy, and public policy. The subject is a central idiom for understanding cultural practices and for teaching about culture on many levels. The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating is a collection of readings that uses the study of food as a vehicle for addressing broad themes that are emerging in social anthropology: globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices.

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating offers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world. It includes studies from eleven countries across five continents on such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination.

Synopsis:

Food is an important and endlessly fascinating lens for social and cultural analysis –not only for anthropologists, but also for scholars of history, literature, cultural studies, political economy, and public policy. The subject is a central idiom for understanding cultural practices and for teaching about culture on many levels. The Cultural Politics of Food and Eatingis a collection of readings that uses the study of food as a vehicle for addressing broad themes that are emerging in social anthropology: globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices.

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eatingoffers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world. It includes studies from eleven countries across five continents on such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination.

Synopsis:

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating offers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world.

About the Author

James L. Watson is Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. His books include Golden Arches East: McDonald’s in East Asia(edited 1998), Village Life in Hong Kong (with Rubie Watson, 2004), and Between Two Cultures (edited, Blackwell, 1977).

Melissa L. Caldwell is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Not by Bread Alone: Social Support in the New Russia (2004).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: James L. Watson and Melissa L. Caldwell.

Part I: Food and Globalization:.

1. How Sushi Went Global: Theodore C. Bestor.

2. French Beans for the Masses: A Modern Historical Geography of Food in Burkina Faso: Susanne Freidberg.

3. Fresh Demand: The Consumption of Chilean Produce in the United States: Walter L. Goldfrank.

4. Coca-Cola: A Black Sweet Drink from Trinidad: Daniel Miller.

5. China’s Big Mac Attack: James L. Watson.

6. Of Hamburger and Social Space: Consuming McDonald’s in Beijing: Yunxiang Yan.

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Part II: Yuppification, Gentrification, and Domesticating Tastes:.

7. Children’s Food and Islamic Dietary Restrictions in Xi’an: Maris Boyd Gillette.

8. The Rise of Yuppie Coffees and the Reimagination of Class in the United States: William Roseberry.

9. Crafting Grand Cru Chocolates in Contemporary France: Susan J. Terrio.

10. Globalized Childhood? Kentucky Fried Chicken in Beijing: Eriberto P. Lozada Jr..

11. Domesticating the French Fry: McDonald’s and Consumerism in Moscow: Melissa L. Caldwell.

12. “India Shopping”: Indian Grocery Stores and Transnational Configurations of Belonging: Purnima Mankekar.

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Part III: The Political Economy of Food:.

13. Food and the Counterculture: A Story of Bread and Politics: Warren Belasco.

14. Industrial Tortillas and Folkloric Pepsi: The Nutritional Consequences of Hybrid Cuisines in Mexico: Jeffrey M. Pilcher.

15. Food, Hunger, and the State: Susan Brownell.

16. The Bakers of Bernberg and the Logics of Communism and Capitalism: Hans Buechler and Judith-Maria Buechler.

17. The Global Food Fight: Robert Paarlberg.

18. Half-Lives and Healthy Bodies: Discourses on “Contaminated” Food and Healing in Post-Chernobyl Ukraine: Sarah Drue Phillips.

19. Mad Cow Mysteries: Harriet Ritvo

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631230939
Other:
Watson, James L.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Other:
Watson, James L.
Editor:
Watson, James L.
Editor:
Caldwell, Melissa
Author:
Caldwell, Melissa L.
Author:
Watson, James L.
Author:
Caldwell, Melissa
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Copyright:
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Readers in Anthropology
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
332
Dimensions:
9.64x6.70x.97 in. 1.29 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Food is an important and endlessly fascinating lens for social and cultural analysis –not only for anthropologists, but also for scholars of history, literature, cultural studies, political economy, and public policy. The subject is a central idiom for understanding cultural practices and for teaching about culture on many levels. The Cultural Politics of Food and Eatingis a collection of readings that uses the study of food as a vehicle for addressing broad themes that are emerging in social anthropology: globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices.

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eatingoffers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world. It includes studies from eleven countries across five continents on such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination.

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