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From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food

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In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have turned their attention to food to gain a better understanding of history, culture, economics, and society. The emerging field of food studies has yielded a great deal of useful research and a host of publications. Missing, however, has been a focused effort to use gender as an analytic tool. This stimulating collection of original essays addresses that oversight, investigating the important connections between food studies and women's studies. Applying the insights of feminist scholarship to the study of food, the thirteen essays in this volume are arranged under four headings--the marketplace, histories, representations, and resistances. The editors open the book with a substantial introduction that traces the history of scholarly writing on food and maps the terrain of feminist food studies. In the essays that follow, contributors pay particular attention to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, colonialism, and capitalism have both shaped and been shaped by the production and consumption of food. In the first section, four essays analyze the influence of large corporations in determining what came to be accepted as proper meals in the United States, including what mothers were expected to feed their babies. The essays in the second section explore how women have held families together by keeping them nourished, from the routines of an early nineteenth-century New Englander to the plight of women who endured the siege of Leningrad. The essays in the third section focus on the centrality of gender and race in the formation of identities as enacted through food discourse and practices. These case studies range fromthe Caribbean to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The final section documents acts of female resistance within the contexts of national or ethnic oppression. From women in colonial India to Armenian American feminists, these essays show how food has served as a means to as

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Applying the insights of feminist scholarship to the study of food, these essays consider women and food in the context of the marketplace, history, representations and resistances. Avakian (women's studies, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Haber (former curator of books at the Schlesinger Library) introduce the volume with a history of scholarly writing on food and an overview of feminist food studies. The other contributors attend to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, colonialism, and capitalism have shaped and been shaped by the production of food.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Applying the insights of feminist scholarship to the study of food, these essays consider women and food in the context of the marketplace, history, representations and resistances. Avakian (women's studies, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Haber (former curator of books at the Schlesinger Library) introduce the volume with a history of scholarly writing on food and an overview of feminist food studies. The other contributors attend to the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, class, colonialism, and capitalism have shaped and been shaped by the production of food. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558495111
Editor:
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Editor:
Haber, Barbara
Other:
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Editor:
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Editor:
Haber, Barbara
Author:
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Other:
Avakian, Arlene Voski
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Cookery -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
299
Dimensions:
9.02x6.48x.76 in. .95 lbs.

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