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Food and Drink
Food and drink

Recent sociological accounts of food and drink have tended to be of two different sorts. Writers such as Stephen Mennell (1985, 1987) attempt to locate changes in eating and drinking practices within the overall changes in social structure that sprang from the transition from agricultural to industrial societies, a process that has by no means come to an end in our constantly transforming period of history. This socio-historical approach was inspired by the work of Norbert Elias (1994 [1939]) on the civilizing process, and traces the increasingly refined ways in which we accomplish our daily consuming activities. For example, there has been a tendency for meat to appear on our tables looking less and less like the animal that it ...

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