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Sociology on the Menu: An Invitation to the Study of Food and Society

 
 
 
 
Sociology on the Menu: An Invitation to the Study of Food and Society
Author: Alan Beardsworth - Teresa Keil
ISBN 13: 9780415114257
ISBN 10: 41511425
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1997-01-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $68.95
 
 

Sociology on the Menu is an accessible introduction to the sociology of food. Highlighting the social and cultural dimensions of the human food system, from production to consumption, it encourages us to consider new ways of thinking about the apparently mundane, everyday act of eating. The main areas covered include:
* The origins of human subsistence and the development of the modern food system
* Food, the family and eating out
* Diet, health and the body image
* The meanings of meat and vegetarianism.
Sociology on the Menu provides a comprehensive overview of the literature, particularly helpful in this interdisciplinary field. It focuses on key texts and studies to help students identify major concerns and themes for further study. It urges us to re-appraise the taken for granted and familiar experiences of selecting, preparing and sharing food and to see our own habits and choices, preferences and aversions in their broader cultural context.