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Palgrave Macmillan

Food Consumption in Global Perspective

Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody

ISBN 9781137326409
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Consumption and Public Life

The globalization of food consumption has often been equated with the loss of culinary traditions and the homogenization of cuisines. By contrast, the anthropologists, historians and sociologists contributing to this collection reveal both rapid changes and also profound and sometimes surprising continuities in local food consumption practices in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and use these to shed light on shifting social boundaries and cultural identities. The volume combines ethnographic, historical and comparative analyses, situating local practices of eating, cooking and sharing food within transnational processes and contexts. In so doing, the volume celebrates and furthers approaches developed in Jack Goody's seminal 1982 book, Cooking, Cuisine and Class: A Study in Comparative Sociology. With studies of China, India, West Africa, South America and Europe, the book provides a truly global perspective on the social dynamics of food consumption in the modern world.

Jakob A. Klein is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK and Deputy Chair of the SOAS Food Studies Centre. His publications include Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World, co-edited with Y. Jung and M.L. Caldwell, and Consuming China, co-edited with K. Latham and S. Thompson.
Anne Murcott is Honorary Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her most recent publications are Waste Matters: New Perspectives of Food and Society co-edited with D. Evans and H. Campbell, and The Handbook of Food Research, co-edited with W. Belasco and P. Jackson.

Foreword; Jack Goody

1. Introduction: Cooking, Cuisine and Class and the Anthropology of Food; Jakob A. Klein

2. Meat: A Cultural Biography in (South) China; James L. Watson

3. From Fasting to Fast Food in Kumasi, Ghana; Gracia Clark

4. Civilising Tastes: From Caste to Class in South Indian Foodways; James Staples

5. The Fast and the Fusion: Class, Colonialism and the Remaking of Comida Típica in Highland Ecuador; Emma-Jayne Abbots

6. The High and the Low in the Making of a Portuguese National Cuisine in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; José Sobral

7. Indigestion in the Long Nineteenth Century: Aspects of English Taste and Anxiety, 1800-1950; Stephen Mennell

8. Eating Out Bangladeshi-Style: Catering and Class in Diasporic East London; Johan Pottier

9. The Taste for Milk in Modern China (1865-1937); Françoise Sabban

10. Drink, Meals and Social Boundaries; Sami Zubaida

Emma-Jayne Abbots, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK

Gracia Clark, Indiana University, USA

Stephen Mennell, University College Dublin, Ireland

Johan Pottier, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

Françoise Sabban, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France

José Manuel Sobral, University of Lisbon, Portugal

James Staples, Brunel University, UK

James L. Watson, Harvard University, USA

Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck, University of London, UK


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