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Author O'Connor, Kaori, author.

Title The never-ending feast : the anthropology and archaeology of feasting / Kaori O'Connor.

Publication Info. London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 239 pages)
Summary "Human life is a never-ending feast. Throughout history, and in all parts of the world, feasts have been the primary arena for displays of hierarchy, status and power; a stage upon which loyalties and alliances are negotiated; the occasion for the mobilization and distribution of resources, and the place where identities are created and consolidated through inclusion and exclusion. Feasting in the West in the medieval and modern periods is now well known and central to the study of culture, food and society. But there has been no broad study like this that, while grounded in anthropology and archaeology, also draws upon history and literature for an interdisciplinary look at feasting in the past, outside Europe, without which our knowledge of feasting and understanding of how our global world has been constituted is incomplete. Until now, mainstream feasting studies and food histories have concentrated on European traditions, while others - equally important - have been disregarded and ignored. Focusing on key periods and aspects, looking at feasting in societies not usually dealt with outside highly specialized area studies, combining theory and description, this work examines the never-ending feast in sites that include Mesopotamia, Achaemenid Persia, China, the Mongol Empire and Japan"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-233) and index.
Contents Introduction : Invitation to the Feast -- Mesopotamia : The Pursuit of Abundance -- The Assyrians and Achaemenid Persians : Empires of Feasting -- The Greeks : Now Let Us Hasten to the Feast -- Eurasia : The Mongols, an Empire Built on Drinking -- China : the Hidden History of Chinese Feasting -- Japan : Banqueting Beyond a Bridge of Drams -- Epilogue : After the Feast.
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Subject Food habits -- History.
Food -- Social aspects.
Dinners and dining -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: O'Connor, Kaori. Never-ending feast 9781847889263 (DLC) 2014037330 (OCoLC)869437801
ISBN 9781847889270 (electronic bk.)
1847889271 (electronic bk.)
9781474220057 (online)
9781472520937 (epdf)