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Author Colás, Alejandro, author.

Title Food, politics, and society : social theory and the modern food system / Alejandro Colás, Jason Edwards, Jane Levi, and Sami Zubaida.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : food, drink and modern social theory -- The natural and the social : the agricultural revolution -- Exchange : the Columbian Exchange and mercantile empires -- Culture : ritual, prohibition and taboo -- Industrialization : technology, rationality and urbanization -- The public sphere : eating and drinking in public -- The modern state : alcohol, alcoholism and biopolitics -- Identity : nationalism, ethnicity and religion -- Distinction : social difference, taste, and the civilizing process -- Political economy : the global food system -- The self : food choices and public health -- Consumption : media, the domestic economy and celebrity chefs.
Summary "Food and drink has been a focal point of modern social theory since the inception of agrarian capitalism and the industrial revolution. From Adam Smith to Mary Douglas, major thinkers have used key concepts like identity, exchange, culture, and class to explain the modern food system. Food, Politics, and Society offers a historical and sociological survey of how these various ideas, and the practices that accompany them, have shaped our understanding and organization of the production, processing, preparation, serving, and consumption of food and drink in modern societies. Divided into twelve chapters and drawing on a wide range of historical and empirical illustrations, this book provides a concise, informed, and accessible survey of the interaction between social theory and food and drink. It is perfect for courses in a wide range of disciplines"--Provided by publisher.
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Subject Food -- Social aspects -- History.
Food -- Political aspects -- History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Agriculture & Food.
Food -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Edwards, Jason, 1971 October 3- author.
Levi, Jane, author.
Zubaida, Sami, 1937- author.
Other Form: Print version: Colás, Alejandro. Food, politics, and society. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] 9780520291942 (DLC) 2018009662 (OCoLC)1029071459
ISBN 9780520965522 (electronic book)
0520965523 (electronic book)
9780520291942 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0520291948 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)