The anthropology of food and body
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Counihan, Carole

The anthropology of food and body

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Abstract: The Anthropology of Food and Body explores the way that making, eating, and thinking about food reveal culturally determined gender-power relations in diverse societies. Carole M. Counihan takes a cross-cultural approach to ask compelling questions about eating disorders, body dissatisfaction, bodily changes in reproduction, and gender differences around food. Using ethnographic data from her fieldwork in Europe and the U.S., the author addresses issues around food, culture and gender such as: What powers do women gain and lose through their control of food preparation and distribution? What do food images in children's fantasy stories tell us about their sense of self? How do beliefs about eating and intercourse in different cultures reflect and affect gender ideology? How does the objectification of the female body subordinate women, and how can women challenge it? And how do pregnancy and birth affect women's body image and empowerment? This book brings feminist and anthropological theories to bear on these provocative issues and will interest anyone investigating the relationship between food, the body, and cultural notions of gender.

Title and contributions: The anthropology of food and body : gender, meaning, and power / Carole M. Counihan

Publication: New York ; London : Routledge, ©1999

Physical description: VIII, 256 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

ISBN: 0415921937

Publication date:1999

Language: eng (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)

Country: us



Classifications: 394.1 (20)

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  • Type of Publication Date: Publication Dates 1 and 2: monograph complete when issued, or issued within one calendar year
  • Publication Date: 1999

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