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Author Abbots, Emma-Jayne, author

Title The agency of eating : mediation, food and the body / Emma-Jayne Abbots
Published London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, [2017]


Description 1 online resource
Series Contemporary food studies : economy, culture and politics
Contemporary food studies: economy, culture and politics.
Contents Eating bodies and bodies of eating : theoretical foundations -- Eating at home : kinned, shared and acquired bodies -- Eating away from home : displaced and (re)rooted bodies -- Eating heritage foods : proximate and distanced bodies -- Eating "global food" and its alternatives : anxious, obscured and active bodies -- Eating for self and society : responsible, acceptable and abject bodies -- Eating futures : reflections and directions
Summary Deciding what to eat and how to eat it are two of the most basic acts of everyday life. Yet every choice also implies a value judgement: 'good' foods versus 'bad', 'proper' and 'improper' ways of eating, and 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' bodies. These food decisions are influenced by a range of social, political and economic bioauthorities, and mediated through the individual 'eating body'. This book is unique in the cultural politics of food in its exploration of a range of such bioauthorities and in its examination of the interplay between them and the individual eating body. No matter whether they are accepted or resisted, our eating practices and preferences are shaped by, and shape, these agencies. Abbots places the body, materiality and the non-human at the heart of her analysis, interrogating not only how the individual's embodied eating practices incorporate and reject the bioauthorities of food, but also how such authorities are created by the individual act of eating. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from across the globe, The Agency of Eating provides an important analysis of the power dynamics at play in the contemporary food system and the ways in which agency is expressed and bounded. This book will be of great benefit to any reader with an interest in food studies, anthropology, sociology and human geography. --Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 28, 2017)
Subject Food habits -- Social aspects
Food habits -- Moral and ethical aspects
Food preferences -- Social aspects
Food preferences -- Moral and ethical aspects
Sociology & anthropology.
Personal & public health.
Food & society.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Agriculture & Food.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Food habits -- Social aspects
Food preferences -- Social aspects
Ess- und Trinksitte
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017025935
ISBN 9781472598554