The cultural politics of food and eating : a reader / edited by James L. Watson and Melissa L. Caldwell.

by Caldwell, Melissa L., 1969- [editor.]Looking glass; Watson, James L [editor.]Looking glass.

Series: Blackwell readers in anthropology: Publisher: Malden, Massachusetts ; Blackwell, 2005.Description: xii, 320 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780631230939; 0631230939.Subject(s): Consumption (Economics)Looking glass | Food habits -- Economic aspects | Food habits -- Political aspects | Food industry and tradeLooking glass | Food preferencesLooking glass | GlobalizationLooking glass | Politics and cultureLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.
Uses food as a central idiom for teaching about culture and addresses broad themes such as globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices
Spanning 5 continents, features studies from 11 countries--Japan, China, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Burkina Faso, Chile, Trinidad, Mexico, and the United States
Offers discussion of such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I Food and Globalization
  • 1 How Sushi Went Global
  • 2 French Beans for the Masses: A Modern Historical Geography of Food in Burkina Faso
  • 3 Fresh Demand: The Consumption of Chilean Produce in the United States
  • 4 Coca-Cola: A Black Sweet Drink from Trinidad
  • 5 ChinaÆs Big Mac Attack
  • 6 Of Hamburger and Social Space: Consuming McDonaldÆs in Beijing
  • Part II Yuppification, Gentrification, and Domesticating Tastes
  • 7 ChildrenÆs Food and Islamic Dietary Restrictions in XiÆan
  • 8 The Rise of Yuppie Coffees and the Reimagination of Class in the United States
  • 9 Crafting Grand Cru Chocolates in Contemporary France
  • 10 Globalized Childhood? Kentucky Fried Chicken in Beijing
  • 11 Domesticating the French Fry: McDonaldÆs and Consumerism in Moscow
  • 12 öIndia Shoppingö: Indian Grocery Stores and Transnational Configurations of Belonging
  • Part III The Political Economy of Food
  • 13 Food and the Counterculture: A Story of Bread and Politics
  • 14 Industrial Tortillas and Folkloric Pepsi: The Nutritional Consequences of Hybrid Cuisines in Mexico
  • 15 Food, Hunger, and the State
  • 16 The Bakers of Bernberg and the Logics of Communism and Capitalism
  • 17 The Global Food Fight
  • 18 Half-Lives and Healthy Bodies: Discourses on ôContaminatedö Food and Healing in Post-Chernobyl Ukraine
  • 19 Mad Cow Mysteries

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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).

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