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In this wide-ranging and thought-provoking analysis of the sociocultural and personal meanings of food and eating, Deborah Lupton explores the relationship between food and embodiment, the emotions and subjectivity. She includes discussion of the intertwining of food, meaning and culture in the context of childhood and the family, as well as: the gendered social construction of foodstuffs; food tastes, dislikes and preferences; the dining-out experience; spirituality; and the `civilized' body. She draws on diverse sources, including representations of food and eating in film, literature, advertising, gourmet magazines, news reports and public health literature, and her own empirical research into people's preferences, memories, experiences

Theoretical Perspectives on Food and Eating
Theoretical perspectives on food and eating

Conceiving of the experience of embodiment as socially produced, and of food and eating practices as always mediated through social relations, requires a sophisticated awareness of the ways in which society, subjectivity and the body are interrelated. Over the past two decades or so, increased attention has been paid by sociologists to the meanings, beliefs and social structures giving shape to food practices in western societies. The ‘sociology of food and eating’ has become recognized as a legitimate sub-discipline, even though it remains a comparatively minor and little-explored area in mainstream sociology, contrasted with, for example, the sociology of the body, which has burgeoned over the last decade. There are also other important areas ...

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