By Amy E. Guptill
This well timed and fascinating textual content bargains scholars a social standpoint on meals, foodstuff practices, and the fashionable nutrients procedure. It engages readers’ interest via highlighting numerous paradoxes: how foodstuff is either mundane and sacred, unearths either contrast and conformity, and, within the modern international period, comes from in every single place yet nowhere specifically. With a social constructionist framework, the e-book presents an empirically wealthy, multi-faceted, and coherent advent to this interesting box.
every one bankruptcy starts with a bright case research, proceeds via a wealthy dialogue of analysis insights, and ends with dialogue questions and advised assets. bankruptcy themes comprise food’s function in socialization, id, paintings, well-being and social swap, in addition to foodstuff advertising and the altering international nutrition approach. In synthesizing insights from different fields of social inquiry, the ebook addresses problems with tradition, constitution, and social inequality all through.
Written in a full of life variety, this e-book can be either obtainable and revealing to starting and intermediate scholars alike.
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A constructionist perspective emphasizes individual agency, reminding us that, as people make choices and behave in particular ways, they help to shape the social world in which they live. When patterns persist, it is because they are continually reproduced by human action. In emphasizing human agency, the constructionist perspective on food tends to focus on the meanings we attach to our engagement with foodways and how they relate to practices and relationships. As the opening case study vividly illustrates, even practices that seem to have the same form can have vastly different underlying meanings.
The chapter explains this paradox by examining the food connections between the global North and the global South through three broad eras: the modern colonial period, the development decades, and globalization. Throughout, we ask how the costs and benefits of the system are distributed and why. Chapter 8, “Food Access: Surplus and Scarcity,” examines inequality of food access through a critical lens. It begins by noting the conjoined problems of food surplus and food scarcity in national and global agrifood systems and then reviews how social problems are defined and understood.
One Australian in New York exclaimed, “In Australia the slogan is that Vegemite puts a rose in every cheek; but today America has slapped the cheek of every Australian” (Nichols 2006: para 6). ” Vegemite is a brown vitamin-rich paste made from brewer’s yeast popular in Australia where it is spread on toast like peanut butter or jam. It was created by the Fred Walker Cheese Company in 1922 as the Australian counterpart to the popular British spread Marmite. As a former British colony, Australia initially “held on tightly to all things British,” but by the 1920s, Australian entrepreneurs were introducing Aussie-made products as competitors to popular British items like Marmite (Richardson 2003: 60).