This popular and engaging text, now revised in a second edition, offers readers a social perspective on food, food practices, and the modern food system. It engages readers' curiosity by highlighting several paradoxes: how food is both individual and social, reveals both distinction and conformity, and, in the contemporary global era, comes from everywhere but nowhere in particular. With updates and enhancements throughout, the new edition provides an empirically deep, multifaceted, and coherent introduction to this fascinating field.
Each chapter begins with a vivid case study, proceeds through a rich discussion of research insights, and ends with discussion questions and suggested resources. Chapter topics include food's role in socialization, identity, health and social change, as well as food marketing and the changing global food system. The new edition gives more focused attention to labor (both paid and unpaid) in all aspects of the food system. In synthesizing insights from diverse fields of social inquiry, the book addresses issues of culture, structure, and social inequality throughout.
Written in a lively style, this book will continue to be both accessible and revealing to beginning and intermediate students alike.
2. Food and Identity: Fitting In and Standing Out
3. Food as Spectacle: The Hard Work of Leisure
4. Nutrition and Health: Good to Eat, Hard to Stomach
5. Branding and Marketing: Governing the Sovereign Consumer
6. Industrialization: The High Costs of Cheap Food
7. Global Food: From Everywhere and Nowhere
8. Food Access: Surplus and Scarcity
9. Food and Social Change: The Value of Values
-More focused attention to labor (paid and unpaid) in all aspects of the food system
-Updates and enhancements throughout, reflecting exciting thinking and scholarship in the field
“Food & Society gives us a fascinating introduction to the issues in food studies of greatest current concern. This exceptionally well-researched book explains why food matters so much and why it generates such intense controversy. The book may be aimed at students, but anyone interested in food issues will have much to learn from the paradoxes it presents.” - Marion Nestle, New York University and author Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)