Taking Food Public : Redefining Foodways in a Changing World


Taking Food Public : Redefining Foodways in a Changing World



Edited by Psyche Williams-Forson and Carole Counihan.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Denise Copelton: Advocacy and everyday health activism among persons with Celiac Disease : a comparison of eager, reluctant, and non-activists.

The field of food studies has been growing rapidly over the last thirty years and has exploded since the turn of the millennium. Scholars from an array of disciplines have trained fresh theoretical and methodological approaches onto new dimensions of the human relationship to food. This anthology capitalizes on this particular cultural moment to bring to the fore recent scholarship that focuses on innovative ways people are recasting food in public spaces to challenge hegemonic practices and meanings. Organized into five interrelated sections on food production – consumption, performance, Diasporas, and activism – articles aim to provide new perspectives on the changing meanings and uses of food in the twenty-first century.--Publisher



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New York : Routledge, 2012.

xiv, 635 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.


Food Security | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology




Located in Drake Library at: GT2850 .T326 2012


sect. 1. Rethinking production. Food industrialisation and food power : implications for food governance / Tim Lang -- Women and food chains : the gendered politics of food / Patricia Allen and Carolyn Sachs -- Can we sustain sustainable agriculture? Learning from small-scale producer-suppliers in Canada and the UK / Larch Maxey -- Things became scarce : food availability and accessibility in Santiago de Cuba then and now / Hanna Garth -- Capitalism and its discontents : back-to-the-lander and freegan foodways in rural Oregon / Joan Gross -- Cultural geographies in practice. The south central farm : dilemmas in practicing the public / Laura Lawson -- Charlas culinarias : Mexican women speak from their public kitchens / Meredeith E. Abarca -- sect. 2. Rethinking food consumption. Inequality in obesigenic environments : fast food density in New York City / Naa Oyo A. Kwate [and others] -- Physical disabilities and food access among limited resource households / Caroline B. Webber, Jeffery Sobal, and Jaime S. Dollahite -- Other women cooked for my husband : negotiating gender, food, and identities in an African American/Ghanian household / Psyche Williams-Forson -- Going beyond the normative White "post-racial" Vegan epistemology / A. Breeze Harper -- Purity, soul food, and Sunni Islam : explorations at the intersection of consumption and resistance / Carolyn Rouse and Janet Hoskins -- Cleaning from gluttony : an Australian youth subculture confronts the ethics of waste / Ferne Edwards and David Mercer -- "If they only knew" : color blindness and universalism in California alternative food institutions / Julie Guthman -- sect. 3. Performing food cultures. Feeding desire : food, domesticity, and challenges to hetero-patriarchy / Anita Mannur -- Towards queering food studies : foodways, heteronormativity, and hungry women in Chicana lesbian writing / Julia C. Ehrhardt -- Metrosexuality can stuff it : beef consumption as (heteromasculine) fortification / C. Wesley Buerkle -- "Please pass the chicken tits" : rethinking men and cooking at an urban firehouse / Jonathan Deutsch -- The magic metabolisms of competitive eating / Adrienne Rose Johnson -- Vintage breast milk : exploring the discursive limits of feminine fluids / Penny Van Esterik -- Do the hands that feed us hold us back? Implications of assisted eating / G. Denise Lance -- Will tweet for food : microblogging mobile food trucks--online, offline, and in line / Alison Caldwell -- Visualizing 21st-century foodscapes : using photographs and new media in food studies / Melissa L. Salazar. sect. 4. Food diasporas : taking food global. Justice at a price : regulation and alienation in the global economy / Daniel Reichman -- From the bottom up : the global expansion of Chinese vegetable trade for New York City markets / Valerie Imbruce -- SPAM and fast-food "glocalization" in the Philippines / TY Matejowsky -- The envios of San Pablo Huixtepec, Oaxaca : food, home, and transnationalism / James I. Grieshop -- Consuming interests : water, rum, and Coca-Cola from ritual propitiation to corporate expropriation in Highland Chiapas / June Nash -- Feeding the Jewish soul in the Delta Diaspora / Marcie Cohen Ferris -- Yoruba-Nigerians, cosmopolitan food cultures and identity practices on a London market / Julie Botticello -- Tequila shots / Marie Sarita Gaytan -- The political uses of culture : maize production and the GM corn debates in Mexico / Elizabeth Fitting -- sect. 5. Food activism. Practicing food democracy : a pragmatic politics of transformation / Neva Hassanein -- Food, place, and authenticity : local food and the sustainable tourism experience / Rebecca Sims -- Mexicans taking food public : the power of the kitchen in the San Luis Valley / Carole Counihan -- A feminist examination of community kitchens in Peru and Bolivia / Kathleen Schroeder -- Visceral difference : variations in feeling (slow) food / Allison Hayes-Conroy and Jessica Hayes-Conroy -- Expanding access and alternatives : building farmers' markets in low-income communities / Lisa Markowitz -- Vegetarians : uninvited, uncomfortable, or special guests at the table of the alternative food economy? / Carol Morris and James Kirwan -- Advocacy and everyday health activism among persons with Celiac Disease : a comparison of eager, reluctant, and non-activists / Denise Copelton -- The year of eating politically / Chad Lavin -- From food crisis to food sovereignty : the challenge of social movements / Eric Holt-Giménez.

Taking Food Public : Redefining Foodways in a Changing World