Digesting Femininities

The Feminist Politics of Contemporary Food Culture

Authors: Jovanovski, Natalie

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  • Examines how contemporary food discourses appropriate feminist terminology to tacitly reinforce body-surveillance practicesAims to further develop a feminist resistance to body-policing cultural norms
  • Proposes that body-policing narratives are generally a Western phenomenon
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This volume addresses how the rhetoric of feminist empowerment has been combined with mainstream representations of food, thus creating a cultural consciousness around food and eating that is unmistakably pathological. Throughout, Natalie Jovanovski discusses key texts written by women, for women: best-selling diet books, popular cookbooks produced by female food celebrities, and iconic feminist self-help texts. This is the first book to engage in a feminist analysis of body-policing food trends that focus specifically on the use of feminist rhetoric as a harmful aspect of food culture. There is a smorgasbord of seemingly diverse gender roles for women to choose from, but many encourage breaking gender norms and embracing a love of food while perpetuating old narratives of guilt and restraint. Digesting Femininities problematizes the gendering of food and eating and challenges the reader to imagine what a genderless and emancipatory food culture would look like.

About the authors

Natalie Jovanovski is a postdoctoral research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her research interests include feminist politics, theory and activism, food culture, and the sexual objectification of women.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Digesting Femininities: Gendered Food Discourses and Body-Policing Narratives

    Jovanovski, Natalie

    Pages 1-16

  • Beyond Body-Centrism: Making Food Discourses the Main Course of Feminist Analysis

    Jovanovski, Natalie

    Pages 17-46

  • A Smörgåsbord of Food Femininities: How Gender Politics and Food Culture Combine

    Jovanovski, Natalie

    Pages 47-58

  • Femininities-Lite: Diet Culture, Feminism and Body Policing

    Jovanovski, Natalie

    Pages 59-101

  • Cooking Up Femininities: Motherhood, Hedonism and Body Policing in Popular Cookbooks

    Jovanovski, Natalie

    Pages 103-136

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Softcover 25,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digesting Femininities
Book Subtitle
The Feminist Politics of Contemporary Food Culture
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58925-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58925-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86510-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 213
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