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

Food, Health and Nature

Food, health and nature

A plethora of medical conditions and diseases are currently linked to food habits. Indeed, the currency of biomedical explanations for bodily states in western societies is such that the body cannot be understood or experienced without recourse to these explanations. So too, food practices and habits are now experienced through the framing of medical concerns about diet. The meanings and emotions that inhere around food and eating are therefore inevitably linked to understandings about the health and medical associations of a food. This chapter explores the meanings and discourses around ‘health’ as they are articulated at a number of sites: nutritional science, New Age, the natural and health food movements, the news media, medical and public health literature ...

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